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How Many Toes Does a Jellyfish Have? ... 4 

A Long Way to Almafuerte 5 

German Evangelicals Form Significant 

Document 8 

Clang, Crackle, Thud Is Dead! 9 

Not Such a Big Beautiful Bird 10 

Children's Page 11 

Church News 12 

The Creative Woman 15 

Is It the Ark? 16 

Your Silence: Golden or Yellow? 18 

At Home in Capanema 20 

Hooray for Grace! 21 

Retreat at Arrowhead 22 

SMM Honor Roll 23 

Goals 24 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions-Rev. John Zielasko WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Donna Hawbaker 

Home Missions— Res. Lester E. Pifer Laymen— Mr. Phil Landrum 



January 9, 1971 

Volume 33, Number 1 

Foreign Missions and WMC Issue 



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Through the generations of time 
there has been the old question as to 
our responsibility to others. Modern 
literature has stated the problem by 
saying that "No man is an island." 
While Paul wisely said: "For none of 
us liveth to himself, and no man dieth 
to himself ' (Rom. 14:7). 

A startling story out of Philadelphia 
several weeks ago highlighted a shock- 
ing, modern, new version of the prob- 
lem of what we do having an effect on 
others. The Philadelphia General 
Hospital had a patient with evident 
withdrawal symptons ... a heroin ad- 
dict. You may say, "Well, that's not 
too unusual in this day and age." But 
the circumstances were a bit different 
in that the patient was a two-day-old 
boy. Such cases have tripled in the 
past year, and are a result of the 
mother, an addict, passing the ad- 
diction on to her child. Her actions 
and life bring about frightening com- 
plications in another life— in this case, 
the mother's own child. In most such 
cases the problem is complicated by 
mothers who sign out of the hospital 
the day after they give birth in order 
to get another fix. This leaves the in- 
fants to go through withdrawal on 
their own. 

This is one instance which may 
cause us to decry the coldness and un- 
concern of humanity and the cruel ef- 
fect one can have on another. It does 
point up the fact that the selfish, fool- 
ish acts of one person can bring harsh 
results to others. A wider, more practi- 
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can cause good or ill upon others by 
our actions may be of benefit, and 
should cause us to be very careful in 
our relationships. In a normal day's 
activities you probably meet many 
people. And you either make their life 
a little brighter or add a little sorrow 
to their already burdened life. The 
service station attendant from whom 
you purchased your gasoline yester- 
day—did you leave some cheer or was 
it sorrow? Or maybe it was the man at 
the meat counter at the grocery store 
—I've noticed lately it is very difficult 
to be happy and cheerful when I chat 
with him. It's not his fault that the 
prices are so high, so I must deal with 
him. But what impressions did I leave 
on his life? 

You see the principle of no man 
living all alone without affecting 
others has a widespread application to 
practical Christian living. So often we 
teach a good brand of living in the 
Sunday-school class, but spread 
nothing but gloom and an otherwise 
ugly disposition in our day-to-day con- 
tacts. Were you ever abruptly startled 
by the thought that people are draw- 



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By Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



ing their impressions of what a Chris- 
tian is by your everyday life? More 
witnessing is done, both good and bad, 
in your manner of living than is per- 
formed by spoken words in which wit- 
nessing is your sole purpose. 

The world today needs no more 
written creeds, the Bible has supplied 
the perfect measure of truth in the 
fullest form. In a world that cannot 
escape all these interpersonal relation- 
ships, there is a crying need for the 
fruit of the spirit— love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, 
faith, meekness and temperance, to 
florish in God's people in the office, 
school, home— everywhere. You will 
leave an impression on someone today, 
may it be a good one with the radiance 
of the Christian life and cause them to 
wonder what makes life so vital to 
you. You will find it easy to talk to 
them about your Friend and Saviour. 



January 9, 1971 



How Many Toes Does 



A Jellyfish 



Have? 



That's how many 
missionary candidates 
have made plans to 
go to Argentina! 

Louring the past year mission- 
aries on furlough and extended fur- 
lough from Argentina met with Board 
members and office staff to rethink 
mission strategy for that country. At 
the same time, assignments were made 
to the Argentina Field Council, and 
missionaries went to work on an in- 
depth study for the Brethren mission 
and its approach to the field. An ob- 
jective evaluation of the whole scope 
of mission activities was sought. In 
September a meeting was held with 
missionaries on the field to coordinate 
ideas and evolve a plan which will ful- 
fill the purpose of our mission and ef- 
fectively use mission personnel. That 
plan has been outlined and will be put 
into effect immediately. It is an am- 
bitious program and will require more 
missionaries if it is to be effective. 






A Moment with Missions 



At this point in history Argentina 
presents a great missionary opportuni- 
ty, and there is no reason why the 
Brethren testimony should not reap a 
portion of this spiritual harvest. To- 
ward that end, the purpose of our mis- 
sion in Argentina is re-emphasized, 
that purpose being to evangelize with 
the goal of establishing local and in- 
digenous churches. Our ministry to the 
national church will be continued in 
those areas where the church requests 
help, but the emphasis will be placed 
on a different note. There is a definite 
feeling that we will better fulfill our 
mission by moving out with an aggres- 
sive evangelistic thrust and engaging 
more actively in church planting with 
every phase of mission activity con- 
tributing to that end. 

The city of Buenos Aires was se- 
lected as a target and the Solon Hoyts 
have accepted the challenge to engage 
in this ministry. Of course, we cannot 
expect the burden to rest on one 
family, and we are appealing for others 
to join them. 

In the work of training pastors only 
one missionary is assigned to the Bible 
Institute; thus, Argentine pastors will 
assume a greater portion of the teach- 
ing load. 

The role of the present Bible In- 
stitute is under review. The field is en- 
couraged to develop the seminary 
extension program. In this program 
teachers move out to the student, 
rather than bringing the students to 
the school. By so doing it is believed 
that the potential for pastors will be 
increased, as has occurred in other 
fields. Key leaders in local churches 
are not required to leave either their 
work or their families in order to pur- 
sue theological studies and become 



equipped for the pastorate. 

No plan can be carried out without 
sufficient dedicated personnel commit- 
ted to the task. The good work ac- 
complished by missionaries in spelling 
out a mission strategy for the field will 
be in vain if we do not have the per- 
sonnel to make the plan work. But 
where are the volunteers for this field? 
Where are those so burdened for the 
salvation of men that they are willing 
to present themselves for the task? In 
recent years candidates for Argentina 
could be counted on the toes of a 
jellyfish. Quite frankly, the reason for 
this puzzles me. 

If you would stand outside the 
Brethren bookstore in Buenos Aires as 
I have done, and watch the thousands 
of people constantly in movement be- 
fore your eyes, the thought would 
surely occur to you that Christ died 
for them— yet, very few know Him. 
The whole of Argentina has a popula- 
tion of 23 million and yet only about 
634,000 are evangelical Christians. The 
city of Buenos Aires is a rapidly ex- 
panding city, and it is expected that 
within a few short years the greater 
Buenos Aires area will have a popula- 
tion of nine million. If you would 
drive around the suburbs of that huge 
city and see the many new housing 
areas under construction to care for 
the exploding population, you could 
not help but wish that church-planting 
missionaries were available now to 
place in these strategic places. 

Tragically, the missionary personnel 
is not available now. Is it because we 
have not prayed the Lord of the har- 
vest to send laborers to this particular 
field? Or, is it because we labor under 
a false image of the country and its 
spiritual needs? Whatever the reason, I 
am sure that it is not acceptable to our 
Lord. Jesus Christ has entrusted to us 
a portion of that vineyard, and He ex- 
pects His work to be accomplished. 
The needed personnel is available in 
Brethren churches. Join us in prayer 
that these young people will step for- 
ward, make themselves known, and 
identify themselves with this oppor- 
tunity in Argentina.— JWZ # 



Brethren Missionary Herald 






to Almafuerte 









Barbara Hulse and Kwang Ja Park at the Brethren camp grounds in Argentina 



(FMS editor's note: Kwang Ja Park 
and Barbara Hulse are missionaries 
stationed at Icoaraci, Brazil. This ac- 
count tells of their vacation venhire in- 
to other regions of South America. ) 



I he schedule said that bus de- 
parture time was 6 p.m., but that was 
a Brazilian schedule, not an American 
one! At 7:30 p.m. the bus moved 
slowly away from the city of Belem to 
travel south on the Belem-Brasilia 
highway. It is a dirt road most of the 
way, but was in not-too-bad condition. 
On Saturday breakfast was at 7:30, 
lunch at 10:30, and supper around 
7:00. Early Sunday morning we ar- 
rived in Anapolis and started the 
process of changing to four different 
buses which finally got us to our desti- 
nation of Caxambu on Monday after- 
noon. How good it was to clean up 
and enjoy a nice supper. 



By Miss Barbara Hulse 

Missionary to Brazil 



Missions Conference 

While we were eating, the executive 
secretary (and his wife) of Missionary 
Information Bureau came into the 
dining room. So we began to get ac- 
quainted. MIB sponsored the mission- 
ary conference (Missionary Leadership 
Training Institute) that we were to 
attend at Caxambu. There was much 
preparatory work to be done and over 
200 people to register. Since Kwang 
and I were there a day early, we had 
the privilege of helping and therefore 
got to meet the people as they regis- 
tered—a head start in getting to know 
missionaries from all over Brazil during 
these days of conference. 

Brazil has many new laws which af- 
fect missionaries and mission organi- 
zations. The main purpose of this con- 
ference was to give us some valuable 



legal help. Excellent lawyers and high 
government officials who are believers 
took days out of their very busy 
schedules to counsel with us. Another 
area touched was more effective com- 
munication—especially concerning 
raising our support. The third part was 
a real feast— the Bible study. Our 
speaker pointed out that our biggest 
problem is self. The three subjects 
were "self in relation to 1) my 
family, 2) my ministry, and 3) my 
God. 

Sao Paulo 

Kwang and I had planned to go 
direct to Rio from the conference, but 
transportation was not available in the 
afternoon and we really couldn't af- 
ford another night in the hotel; there- 
fore, when a free ride was offered to 
Sao Paulo we accepted. Afterwards we 
understood why the Lord routed us 
that way. We had wanted to check 
with the Korean embassy as soon as 
possible about Kwang's passport re- 



January 9, 1971 



newal so that we would know if it 
were possible to go on to Argentina. 

In Sao Paulo we visited with various 
friends and new acquaintances. Our 
headquarters was with Carolynn An- 
drews from the Community Brethren 
Church of Los Angeles, who is work- 
ing with Gospel Light Publications 
providing us with Sunday-school 
material in Portuguese. Carolynn was 
very kind in taking us places and feed- 
ing us well. Among others we became 
acquainted with a Korean pastor and 
some of his congregation. He is a good 
friend of a friend of Kwang's in Korea. 
We were treated to some Korean meals 
and also some beautiful music— a 
fourteen-year-old girl was staying with 
the pastor in order to continue her 
piano studies. And the pastor took 
Kwang to the Korean embassy in Sao 
Paulo and who should be there but the 
man with whom she had been corre- 
sponding in Rio. Since he was ac- 
quainted with her situation, he not 
only renewed her passport immedi- 
ately but gave her two years instead of 
one, which is the usual amount of time 
for her passport. 

Toward the end of that week I 
attended the annual meeting of the 
Brazilian organization on extension 
Bible institute work. It was profitable 
to me and I hope to our mission in 
general. 

Porto Alegre 

The next morning we started the 
trip south, south, south! Between Sao 
Paulo and Curitiba some terrorists had 
been shooting at vehicles along the 
main highway, so we were re-routed 
along a winding, dirt mountain road, 
adding five hours to our trip and 
causing us to miss connections, which 
resulted in a three-hour wait in 
Curitiba before going on to Porto 
Alegre. 



From Sao Paulo to Porto Alegre we 
were accompanied by Chun Wah, the 
young pianist, whose family had been 
wanting her to return to Porto Alegre 
but she could not make the trip unac- 
companied. After thirty hours travel 
we arrived, and then had several relax- 
ing hours in Chun Wah's home before 
continuing our trip. Her father was a 
general for the South in the Korean 
War. He has written several books and 
expects to go to the States as soon as 
the University of California wants him 
to translate some of his books into 
English. Chun Wah is a believer and 
grew spiritually during her stay in the 
pastor's home, but her family is much 
against Christianity. 

On to Buenos Aires 

When we bought our tickets to 
Buenos Aires, I inquired about Argen- 
tine money. One person directed me 
to a certain hotel. There I inquired 
again, and finally someone found a 
bellhop who had only one bill of a 
very large denomination. He wanted 
many cruzeiros for it and 1 had no way 
of knowing if it was the right amount 
or not. So I asked at the bus ticket 
office and they assured me there were 
official money-changing houses right 
by the bus depot and I would be able 
to get money immediately upon arrival 
in Buenos Aires. I took their word for 
it. And, it's true, the exchange houses 
are there . . . 

But, on a lonely stretch of muddy 
road, during a bad rainstorm, in the 
middle of the night— our bus broke 



down. We sat for four hours. Finally, 
they got something fixed enough that 
with much stopping and starting we 
limped into the next town. We had 
breakfast there and in about an hour 
and a-half the bus was fixed and we 
started on. Instead of arriving Tuesday 
evening, we arrived in Buenos Aires at 
2 a.m. Wednesday. Exchange houses 
weren't open. We explained our situ- 
ation to the clerk in the office of the 
bus company. I begged him to sell me 
a few pesos for cruzeiros. He wouldn't. 
Finally, probably in order to get rid 
of us so that he could close the office 
and go home, he gave me a few dollars 
worth of pesos. (We steadfastly re- 
fused to go to a hotel as he wanted us 
to do, and were told later that it was a 
good thing we didn't.) The money 
paid our taxi fare to the train depot 
and the train fare to Adrogue. There 
we waited outside another half hour 
for a taxi to take us to the Macon- 
aghys'. (I might add that it was an old, 
windy train.) 

Visit with Maconaghys 

After shining the car lights on the 
house, clapping, and other ideas did 
not awaken the Maconaghys at that 
early hour (now 5:30 a.m.), I finally 
climbed the fence and pounded on the 
door and greeted Mr. Maconaghy with 
a request for money to pay the taxi. 
We had arrived dressed in cottons and 
orlon sweaters, and we just were not 
prepared for Buenos Aires' first real 
cold snap. The temperature was two 
degrees centigrade and we were just 
about frozen— too cold to talk. Hot 
coffee and a gas stove, and then a few 
hours in bed under at least five blan- 
kets and quilts finally revived us. We 
wore borrowed warmer clothing for 
most of the rest of our visit! 




Kwang Ja holds David and Daniel, sons of 
the Clark Millers. 



The Clark Miller family 




Our few days in Buenos Aires were 
a real joy as we fellowshiped with the 
Maconaghys and the Clark Millers, 
visited the bookstore and churches, 
and made one excursion downtown to 
cash dollars for pesos and repay the 
clerk who gave me the pesos. More was 
planned, but Mr. Maconaghy suffered 
a mild stroke, and he was hospitalized. 
How we wished we could have helped 
in some way, but he was well cared for 
in the British Hospital and we were of 
no use in the bookstore or church be- 
cause of the language barrier. So, it 
was finally decided that we would con- 
tinue our trip as scheduled. 

1 have never seen quite such an un- 
selfish attitude as that of the Macon- 
aghys in this illness. His whole concern 
was for the church and bookstore, and 
he was worried that he was "spoiling" 
our vacation. Mrs. Maconaghy's quiet 
acceptance was a testimony of her 
trust in the Lord. The vacation was 
well worthwhile just to know them a 
little better. But the Lord had many 
other blessings in store for us. 

"The Interior" 

Saturday night we boarded a bus 
for the "interior." I find that this 
word does not mean the same thing in 
Argentina as it does in Brazil. As we 
traveled Sunday morning through 
several clean, modern towns, Kwang 
kept saying to me, "This is interior?" 
We felt that way even more after we 
got somewhat acquainted with the 
people— people with a much higher 
standard of living than in Brazil— well- 



educated people. We had six wonder- 
ful days with the Bob Covers and 
Nelson Fays, both in Almafuerte now. 
We visited about five of the churches, 
the Bible Institute, campgrounds, 
bookstore, Christian day school, and 
so on. Had lots of fun just visiting, 
visiting, visiting. We could not help but 
be burdened with the need that you 
are aware of— the great need for 
workers in Argentina. 

Heading Back 

We hated to leave, but there were 
many days and nights of travel before 
us. Since it wasn't any longer time- 
ways, we went back to Brazil by a 
slightly different route, which passed 
the point where Brazil, Argentina, and 
Paraguay meet. That just happens to 
be the spot where the beautiful Iguacu 
Falls are located. We didn't get to see 
the Paraguaian area and saw Argen- 
tina's only from a distance, but we 
spent a little time at Brazil's falls 
which are the largest, I believe. Brazil's 
alone make many Niagaras! The river 
twists and turns so that it is impossible 
to see all of just Brazil's from any one 
point. It was a wonderful sight, but 
hard to describe. 

After three days and nights of bus 
travel (with the few hours out at 
Iguacu) we arrived in Sao Paulo again 
—dirty and tired and with swollen 
ankles— but Carolynn took us in again 
and we were soon refreshed and ready 




to travel on. We spent one day in Rio, 
and one in Belo Horizonte. Saw the 
towns by day and traveled to the next 
place by night. Rio was mainly sight- 
seeing except for a visit to the large 
(and only) Christian bookstore. In 
Belo we saw a little of the town, ran 
some errands for a friend in Belem, 
and then spent the afternoon visiting 
Bethany Press. They are publishing 
many good books in Portuguese and a 
few months ago took over the printing 
of the Gospel Light Sunday-school 
material. On to Brasilia that night, and 
then several hours there the next day 
before getting our last bus from 
Brasilia to Belem. Carolynn had clued 
us in and so by riding the whole circle 
of three different city buses we saw all 
the interesting sights of our nation's 
capita] for a very small amount of 
money. Two more nights and a day of 
bus riding; this time the road was drier 
and much dustier. We were very happy 
to arrive in Belem. 

Bus fare for the whole trip was only 
slightly over S140. And we saw and 
learned a lot about the "other Brazil" 
and Argentina. The fellowship with 
the other missionaries made all the 
days on the bus worthwhile. We did 
spend a little over our four weeks of 
vacation time (two year's worth) but 
that was mainly because I delayed in 
Sao Paulo to attend the Extension 
Seminary conference. While traveling 
we had coffee-and-bread breakfasts 
and a good meal at noon, and bought 
fruit to have as our supper. We rode 
buses at night and avoided hotel bills; 
had only one night in a hotel at Rio. 
All in all it was an inexpensive but 
wonderful vacation. We saw the Lord 
caring for all the details in so many 
ways . . . not just the passport. I want 
to thank Him for the many blessings 
we received. W 



The Hill Maconaghys 



Barbara stands in front of Iguacu Falls. 



January 9, 1971 




German 



Evangelicals Form 
Significant Document 



Addressing themselves to church 

leaders, missionary societies, and all 

Christians, this small group has taken a 

courageous stand for world evangelism. 

Their position needs the support of 

concerned believers everywhere. 



AA document called "The Frank- 
furt Declaration" was signed by emi- 
nent German theologians and mis- 
siologists on March 4, 1970. In view of 
the many attacks against historic 
Christian faith which have come out of 
Germany, it is refreshing to see a state- 
ment which takes such a positive stand 
on the Scriptures. Evangelical leaders 
in the United States have labeled this 
as one of the most significant develop- 
ments in missions. We would have to 
object to the wording in a few places; 
however, we still feel that the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
should be aware of the document. This 
small segment of German evangelicals 
who have courageously taken a stand 
for the evangelization of the world 
needs to know that in this expression 
of faith others stand with them. 

Further portions of this declaration 
will appear in subsequent issues of the 
Missionary Herald for your study. 

THE FRANKFURT DECLARATION 

on the Fundamental Crisis 
in Christian Mission 

"Woe to me if I do not preach the 



Gospel!" 

The Church of Jesus Christ has the 
sacred privilege and irrevocable obliga- 
tion to participate in the mission of 
the triune God, a mission which must 
extend into all the world. Through the 
Church's outreach, His name shall be 
glorified among all people, mankind 
shall be saved from His future wrath 
and led to a new life, and the lordship 
of His Son Jesus Christ shall be estab- 
lished in the expectation of His second 
coming. 

This is the way that Christianity has 
always understood the Great Commis- 
sion of Christ, though, we must con- 
fess, not always with the same degree 
of fidelity and clarity. The recognition 
of the task and the total missionary 
obligation of the Church led to the en- 
deavor to integrate missions into the 
German Protestant churches and the 
World Council of Churches, whose 
Commission and Division of World 
Mission and Evangelism was estab- 
lished in 1961. It is the goal of this 
division, by the terms of its constitu- 
tion, to insure "the proclamation to 
the whole world of the Gospel of Jesus 



Christ, to the end that all men may 
believe in Him and be saved." It is our 
conviction that this definition reflects 
the basic apostolic concern of the New 
Testament and restores the under- 
standing of mission held by the fathers 
of the Protestant missionary move- 
ment. 

Today, however, organized Chris- 
tian world missions is shaken by a 
fundamental crisis. Outer opposition 
and the weakening spiritual power of 
our churches and missionary societies 
are not solely to blame. More danger- 
ous is the displacement of their prima- 
ry tasks by means of an insidious falsi- 
fication of their motives and goals. 

Deeply concerned because of this 
inner decay, we feel called upon to 
make the following declaration. 

We address ourselves to all Chris- 
tians who know themselves through 
the belief in salvation through Jesus 
Christ to be responsible for the con- 
tinuation of His saving work among 
non-Christian people. We address our- 
selves further to the leaders of 
churches and congregations, to whom 
the worldwide perspective of their 
spiritual commission has been re- 
vealed. We address ourselves finally to 
all missionary societies and their co- 
ordinating agencies, which are especial- 
ly called, according to their spiritual 
tradition, to oversee the true goals of 
missionary activity. 

We urgently and sincerely request 
you to test the following theses on the 
basis of their biblical foundations, and 
to determine the accuracy of this de- 
scription of the current situation with 
respect to the errors and modes of 
operation which are increasingly evi- 
dent in churches, missions, and the 

Brethren Missionary Herald 



ecumenical movement. In the event of 
your concurrence, we request that you 
declare this by your signature and join 
with us in your own sphere of influ- 
ence, both repentant and resolved to 
insist upon these guiding principles. 

Seven Indispensable Basic 
Elements of Mission 

1. "Full authority in heaven 
and on earth has been com- 
mitted to me. Go forth there- 
fore and make all nations 
my disciples; baptize men 
everywhere in the name of 
the Father and the Son and 
the Holy Spirit, and teach 



them to observe all that I 
have commanded you. And 
be assured, I am with you al- 
ways, to the end of time" 
(Matthew 28:18-20). 
We recognize and declare: 
Christian mission discovers its foun- 
dation, goals, tasks, and the content of 
its proclamation solely in the commis- 
sion of the resurrected Lord Jesus 
Christ and His saving act as they are 
reported by the witness of the 
Apostles and early Christianity in the 
New Testament. Mission is grounded 
in the nature of the gospel. 

We therefore oppose the current 
tendency to determine the nature and 



task of mission by socio-political 
analyses of our time and from the de- 
mands of the non-Christian world. We 
deny that what the gospel has to say 
to people today at the deepest level is 
not evident before its encounter with 
them. Rather, according to the apos- 
tolic witness, the gospel is normative 
and given once for all. The situation of 
encounter contributes only new 
aspects in the application of the 
gospel. The surrender of the Bible as 
our primary frame of reference leads 
to a shapelessness of mission and a 
confusion of the task of mission with a 
general idea of responsibility for the 
world, (to be continued) # 



THE NEW AUDIO-VISUALS 



Clang, Crackle, Thud Is Dead! 



|he clang, crackle, or thud 
that means the slide should be 
changed; nice soft background 
music which frequently becomes 
louder than the narrator; a tape 
that seems to have several other 
programs recorded together with 
the one you are trying to hear— 
many of you have been conscious 
of such things in FMS slide-tape 
sets you have seen and heard in the 
past. In an attempt to use modern 
methods to get out the story of for- 
eign missions in the present-day 
world, the FMS has been using 
audio-visuals, and yet the attempt 
has not been backed by adequate 
tools and know-how. 

In spite of the quality of some 
of the productions, the use of the 
technique has disseminated the 
message to a far wider audience 
than previously. Many children, 
through the Missionary Helpers 
Clubs, have learned about foreign 
missionaries and fields through 
slide-tape sets created especially for 
them. And most Brethren people 
have heard about, and have been 
challenged to pray for and support 
new missionary candidates by 
means of slide-tape sets introducing 



these new missionaries. 

Audio-visual methods have 
shown themselves to be effective. 
They are not new methods. God 
spoke to Moses out of the burning 
bush. Jesus taught the disciples His 
power over nature by walking on 
the water. In twentieth-century 
America, the educational system is 
overrun with A-V devices. The 
chalkboard is being replaced by the 
overhead projector. Teaching 
machines take the place of primers. 
And plastic cartridges containing 
film and tape occupy library 
shelves. Young people today cannot 
be appealed to with slate board and 
primer techniques in the church 
while they are bombarded with 
closed-circuit TV with instant re- 
play, and multi-image A-V presenta- 
tions in a world interconnected by 
satellite communications. 

In an effort to produce better 
quality A-V materials and to ex- 
pand greatly the program of send- 
ing out mission information by 
these means, the FMS is inaugurat- 
ing an A-V department headed by 
Gordon Austin. He, together with 
his family, served in the field of 
Argentina for the past five years. 



Mr. Austin's background as a tech- 
nician in radio and his experience in 
Argentina as a recording studio 
technician and audio-visual 
specialist will be a real asset to the 
new department. 

The anticipation is that in com- 
ing months top-quality tape presen- 
tations will be telling the story of 
God's saving grace at work in many 
areas of the world as Brethren for- 
eign missionaries faithfully pro- 
claim the Word of truth. One 
specific idea is for slide sets espe- 
cially designed for young people on 
subjects such as "How Are Mission- 
aries Selected," "Training and Pre- 
paring for Foreign Missionary 
Service," and "How God Calls Mis- 
sionaries." 

Other plans are in the making 
for A-V materials to be produced. 
Currently there is the need for 
equipment. In the new missions 
building special facilities will be in- 
cluded for the audio-visual depart- 
ment. Many things along the A-V 
line which will be helpful to pastors 
and the local church are in pros- 
pect. Suggestions as to how the A-V 
department can be particularly 
helpful will always be welcome. » 



January 9, 1971 



We 



re are back home, deep in the 
heart of Africa at Bozoum— made pos- 
sible by this jet age, although we were 
in Los Angeles just a little while ago. 
The flight from there to here is one we 
will not forget. We kept a running 
commentary and would like to share it 
with you. 

Scheduled departure of flight was 
noon on September 26. But we actual- 
ly left at 2:05 in the afternoon the 
next day. This is what transpired in 
the meantime: 

We went up to the waiting room. 
The 747 we were to take was standing 
out on the field towering above the 
other jets like a mother with her chil- 
dren around her. We boarded it at 1 
p.m. The plane's interior was so com- 
modious that you could think you 
were on a ship at sea. After a long wait 
we were told there was mechanical dif- 
ficulty with the landing instruments. 
All the 300 passengers got off the 
plane, and most went to a hotel to 
wait. We, along with several others, 
waited hopefully at the airport until 
5:00. 

At a nearby hotel we enjoyed a 
meal furnished by the airline. After 
resting in the hotel room an hour we 
were told to line up in front of the 
hotel. At 10:00 a bus took us back to 
the airport where our original plane 
had been replaced by another 747. We 
took off at 1 a.m. Twenty-five minutes 
later the captain announced that it was 
necessary to cut out one engine and 
dump some fuel. (This was to be a 
costly flight for the airline.) As we re- 
turned to Los Angeles, the captain 
said, "1 guess this is just not our day to 
go to London." 

We landed back at the airport at 3 
a.m. and were glad for the tender lov- 
ing care of our Heavenly Father. In 
spite of the delay we were safe! A bus 
took us to another hotel at 4:00 and 
we went to bed at 5:00. After a few 
hours of refreshing sleep, we got ready 
for whatever the day would hold. Our 
room phone rang at 10:25, and we 



were asked if we would like to take 
the noon flight which was going out. 
(Before, while we were still on the 
plane, we had been told that the next 
flight would be at 3:00 in the after- 
noon.) So now we said yes, we would 
take the noon flight. Hurriedly we 
finished getting ready again and 
dashed out to the airport bus. We re- 
turned to what had become a well- 
known spot by then— the airport! The 
passengers made a rather shopworn- 
looking bunch as they gathered once 
more in the waiting room. The plane 
was another 747, brought down from 
the state of Washington. We got 
aboard at 12:45— the afternoon of the 
day after the planned take-off. Again 
we waited inside a "beautiful big bird" 
as the pilot called it. About 1:30 an 
announcement was made that thirty- 
five people in another hotel had not 
heard of the change of plans, and they 
had come late and still had to go 
through inspections. And then, too, 
we had added some other passengers 
from the "day-later flight" to our jolly 
crowd. Our take-off came at 2:05 p.m. 
The passengers applauded as they felt 
the plane starting to move! 

After a stop in Bangor, Maine, we 
proceeded across the Atlantic, smooth- 
ly except for a few rough spots. 
Thanks to our God who rules the 
heavens! 

We had never been in England be- 
fore, and so were looking forward to 
seeing a spot of London, but we saw 
none of it except the airport. Then on 
to Paris— good old Paris, where we first 
became acquainted with France during 



our studies as new missionaries way 
back in '51. Our original plans were 
for two days in Paris, but our delayed 
flight changed those plans. So, after 
our evening meal we took a walk, and 
that was the extent of our seeing Paris 
again. 

The next morning we boarded an- 
other plane, a DC-8 filled with 
Africans and Europeans. Two stops 
and a smooth flight brought us that 
night to Bangui, the capital city of the 
Central African Republic. Almost as 
soon as we landed, Don was met with 
the request to accompany the local 
missionary pastors to a joint minis- 
terial meeting called by the national 
church. So, after a time of fellowship 
with the Bangui missionaries, we went 
to our room in the guest house, pulled 
out some of Don's clothing, and 
packed it for the trip up-country for 
the pastors' meeting. The men got up 
and left at 5:30 the next morning. 
This then was our re-introduction to 
the country that we had come to love 
for Christ. 

How glad we are that He is our 
Pilot, faithfully at the helm. We cher- 
ish His guidance even as we have 
known it through the years. Pray with 
us that we may learn lessons from 
daily incidents, and that we may allow 
Christ's guiding presence to take prece- 
dence over our wills. W 






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Missionary to A frica 



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Missionary Helpers, do you have a prayer card 
like the one pictured above? It is printed in colors 
and looks real sharp. We hope you do have one, 
and that you are praying faithfully for these new 
missionaries. 

Mr. Paden, Miss Sheely, and Miss Wilson all have 
to learn the French language before they go to 
Africa, and that is what these three are doing this 
year— studying at a language school in France. 

The Davises went down into Mexico to study 
Spanish. Really, it was just Mr. Davis who was 



studying Spanish, because Mrs. Davis already 
knows the language; she grew up in Argentina, and 
as you know, Spanish is the language spoken there. 
But Mr. Davis became very ill and they had to leave 
Mexico and come back to the United States. Pray 
that God will show them another place for lan- 
guage study. 

Please pray that these new missionaries will learn 
the languages well, and also that God will give 
them good health while they study. 



HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY 



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LANGUAGE STUDY 
IS HARD BUT VERY 
IMPORTANT WORK 

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DO THE WORK GOP HAS 
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TO PRAY THAT GOD 
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LEARN THE LANGUAGE 




RIGHT, MARY. I HOPE MH'ERS 

HAVE THOSE PRAYER CARDS; IF 
NOT, THEY SHOULD LOOK AROUND 
THEIR. CHURCH TO FIND ONE 



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NOTICE 

There will be a new plan for Sunday-school quarters in the fall of 1971. 
The fall quarter will begin with the first Sunday of September instead of 
the first Sunday of October. 

The Sunday-school quarters will remain the same for the first six 
months— January— June 1971. There will be a "short quarter" consisting of 
the months of July and August, with the new Sunday-school year and 
quarter beginning the first Sunday of September. The next quarter will 
begin with the first Sunday of December. 

Churches using Gospel Light and Brethren adult materials will need to 
adapt the lesson schedule for the two-month period of July and August, 
inasmuch as material will be supplied for 13 Sundays. Scripture Press plans 
to publish special materials for the two-month period. 

Questions concerning the new proposed quarter plan may be directed 
to the Christian Education Dept., Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 or 
the Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



WOOSTER, OHIO. Twelve area 
schools have scheduled Sam Dalton to 
speak during assemblies in January. 
Mr. Dalton will minister at the Breth- 
ren church Jan. 12-17. A laymen's 
breakfast has been planned, nightly 
services and a Saturday rally. 

An annual snow retreat for senior 
high and post grads will be enjoyed on 
Jan. 22 and 23 at Inspirational Hills. 
The Conquerors Gospel team from 
Grace College will be present to pro- 
vide special music. The weekend will 
highlight the youth week. Kenneth 
Ashman, pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. At the 
Paramount Brethren Elementary 
School, in the midst of all the activi- 
ties and colorful decoration, the high- 
light of the holiday season was the 
special Christmas Chapel and the Chil- 
dren's birthday gift to the Lord Jesus. 
There was a Christmas tree but it wore 
no tinsel-no bright balls-just offering 
envelopes, decorated by each giver, 
containing his or her gift for the mis- 
sion field of Brazil. The children sang, 
"Happy Birthday, Gentle Saviour," as 
they gave their gifts. ". . . It is more 
blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 
20:35). 



MODESTO, CALIF. The La Loma 
church showed their appreciation to 
Max Williams who recently resigned as 
music director after serving 12 years. 
Friends gathered after an evening 
church service for a sing-time with 
special music followed by refresh- 
ments. Max was given a love token as a 
thanks for his faithful years of service. 

An adult training class, taught by 
Rev. George Cripe, is being offered at 
the church as a simplified approach to 
a study of systematic theology. Dr. 
Alva J. McClain's theology notes are 
the basis of the study. J. Paul Miller, 
pastor. 



AT YOUR SERVICE-for all of 

your Sunday-school needs! Pastors, 
Sunday-school superintendents, and 
secretaries feel free to phone or write 
to Mrs. Joyce Durkee at the Mission- 
ary Herald for needed information. 
She will be glad to assist you with any 
questions or problems that you may 
have ... if you phone, the number to 
call is 219-267-7158. Mail may be ad- 
dressed to Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. The Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is presently supplying Brethren 
churches with materials from Gospel 
Light, Scripture Press, Union Gospel 
Press, David C. Cook and Standard 
Publishing. You pay no more by order- 
ing through the Herald Company and 
yet you are thereby helping the Breth- 
ren Church to expand its ministry 
through the printed page by patron- 
izing your denominational publishing 
house. 

ROANOKE, VA. The fact that tith- 
ing works was proved by the Ghent 
Brethren Church on a recent Sunday 
which they designated as Thanks- 
Tithing Sunday. The results of their 
special effort revealed an increase of 
better than $400 in the offering that 
Sunday. 

There were four baptized and 
several decisions for Christ in recent 
services. An increase of nearly $100 
was reached over the goal for home 
missions. Robert Combs, pastor. 

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. The atti- 
tude of expectancy is definitely pres- 
ent at the Grace Brethren Church. The 
visible results seen after the showing of 
the film "Like A Mighty Army" was 
sixteen decisions— one for salvation, 
one for baptism, and fourteen showing 
a desire to be witnesses for Christ. G. 
W. Gilgan, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 
Aiea, Hawaii 

Waimalu Grace Brethren 
Galion, Ohio 
San Jose, Calif. 
Rialto, Calif. 
Fremont, Ohio 

(Brethren Chapel) 
Bellflower, Calif. 
Kittanning, Pa. 



Date 

Jan. 10-15 
Jan. 10-17 
Jan. 17-22 
Jan. 24-29 

Jan. 24-31 
Jan. 31 -Feb. 5 
Jan. 31-Feb. 7 



Pastor 

Edmund Leech 
Maynard Tittle 
Robert Whited 



Speaker 

Nathan Meyer 
Dean Fetterhoff 
Nathan Meyer 



Thomas McClellan Nathan Meyer 



Marion Thomas 
Edwin Cashman 
Wayne Baker 



Larry Gegner 
Nathan Meyer 
Dean Fetterhoff 



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THE SHOPPING LIST FOR THE NEW YEAR 

One of these days I must go shopping. I am completely out of SELF- 
RESPECT. 

I want to exchange some SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS I picked up the other day 
for some HUMILITY, which they say is less expensive and wears better. 

I want to look at some TOLERANCE which is being used for wraps this 
season. 

Someone showed me some pretty samples of PEACE. We are a little low on 
that and one can never have too much of it. 

And, by the way, I must try to match some PATIENCE that my neighbor 
wears. It is very becoming to her, and I think it might look well on me. 

I might try on that little garment of LONG-SUFFERING they are displaying. 
I never thought I wanted to wear it but feel myself coming to it. 

Also, I must not forget to have my SENSE OF APPRECIATION mended, and 
look around for some inexpensive, everyday GOODNESS. It is surprising how 
quickly one's stock of GOODNESS is depleted. 

Actually, I recommend my shopping list to everyone. Sometimes it is difficult 
to find all the items, but it is well worth the effort! (From the bulletin of the 
First Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor.) 



CONEMAUGH, PA. Construction is 
well underway at the site of the new 
Conemaugh Brethren Church. Rev. 
James Hoffmeyer, contractor, and his 
crew from Jenners, Pa., are taking ad- 
vantage of snow-free winter weather in 
laying concrete blocks. Volunteer help 
from laymen in the church has aided 
the building crew to make rapid prog- 
ress. A visit by labor union representa- 
tives seeking to gain the job for the 
local union workers is causing some 
concern, and prayer is requested for 
this matter. Deep appreciation is ex- 
pressed by the Conemaugh people to 
the hundreds of Brethren who re- 
sponded to an item in the Herald 
relating the financial need of the 
church in demolishing the old build- 
ing. The need was graciously met. Don 
K. Rager, pastor. 

NEW TROY, MICH. "We praise the 
Lord for His great blessing in our serv- 
ices with Rev. Allen Herr. There were 
37 decisions made during the week, 
three of which were for salvation. 
There were other decisions for bap- 
tism, church membership and rededi- 
cation. If you prayed for the meetings, 
invited others and attended faithfully, 
you had a real part in this special time 
of blessing." Gerald Kelley, pastor. 

DUNCANSVILLE, PA. The 
Leamersville Grace Brethren Church 
recently concluded evangelistic meet- 
ings with Evangelist Bob Manderson. 
The Lord blessed with eight first-time 
decisions and seventeen rededications. 
John Gregory, pastor. 



DALLAS CENTER, IOWA. An 
open house was held for Mr. and Mrs. 
J. 0. Gring on Dec. 20 in celebration 
of their 65th wedding anniversary. 
Congratulations were offered the 
couple by members and friends of the 
church. James Marshall, pastor. 

COLUMBUS, OHIO. Tire two sons 
of Pastor and Mrs. James Custer were 
happy to welcome a little sister, 
Johanna Ruth on Dec. 9. 



YAKIMA, WASH. In spite of early 
snow and extremely icy conditions the 
meetings on the theme of prophecy 
with Rev. Nathan Meyer were wonder- 
fully blessed of the Lord. Thirty-three 
decisions were made for Christ: one 
first time, twenty-eight rededications, 
two for church membership and two 
for service. The following two Sundays 
since the meetings have brought an- 
other rededication and four more de- 
cisions for membership. George 
Christie, pastor. 

ELKHART, IND. Approximately 
200 Christmas tracts were distributed 
by a group of the young people as 
their part of spreading Christmas cheer 
to shoppers. Permission was granted 
by K Mart, Grant's and the Hirsch Co., 
for the youth to sing carols in front of 
the stores, and although there were no 
offering plates provided, the audiences 
were so appreciative they insisted on 
giving money to the group. The young 
people agreed to give the donations to 
the Ryan Peugh bank fund that the 
Beginner's Church is endeavoring to 
fill as their contribution to the support 
of the Roger Peugh's little son who 
lives in Germany. Gordon Bracker, 
pastor. 




The young people slept in tents and ate in chow lines. 



VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. More than 
200 teenagers from the Southeast and 
Mid-Atlantic Districts enjoyed a 
"Beach Blast" under the leadership of 
the Southeast District youth director, 
Rev. Bill Gardner, and with plenty of 
assistance from the local youth direc- 
tor and the host church. Tents, 38 in 
all and all varieties, were pitched on 
the church lot to provide "housing" 
for the youth. 

Spiritual challenges were given by 
the "World's Strongest Man," Paul An- 
derson, resulting in several teens re- 



ceiving Christ as Saviour and others 
committing their lives to Christ. 

A tour was taken of the United 
States Naval Base where the youth 
boarded the largest U.S. Cruiser, the 
New Port News, which is the flag ship 
of the U.S. Second Fleet. 

Recreation included a trip on a high 
slide (5 stories high), a moonlight 
stroll on the boardwalk, swimming in 
the ocean, and a roller-skating party. 

Conclusion-a perfect time in a 
Christ-centered way. Daniel Eshelman, 
pastor. 



January 9, 1971 



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RIALTO, CALIF. Happy, happy 
were the people as they watched the 
attendance soar to 185 on the final 
day of the Sunday-school contest with 
47 visitors present. This manifestation 
of the Lord's blessings was an en- 
couragement to a more faithful serv- 
ice for the Lord in the Rial to Brethren 
Church. Thomas McClellan, pastor. 

STATISTICAL BLANK TIME! 
Pastors and church secretaries are re- 
minded that statistical blanks have 
been mailed to all churches, and the 
forms should be compiled and post- 
marked for return to the national 
statistician by January 31, 1971. By 
conference action some years ago, the 
delegates from those churches filing 
late reports will not be seated for the 
first business session of national con- 
ference, and these delegates will there- 
by miss voting for conference officers. 
Additional forms or information are 
available from the statistician, Mr. 
Kenneth Herman, 107 5th St., Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 

NOTICE. Churches in need of new 
hymnals are invited to consider pur- 
chasing them from the Missionary 
Herald. Samples of hymnals are avail- 
able for examination, and will be sent 
postpaid to churches. Special payment 
terms are offered for groups such as: 
Sunday-school classes, men's, 
women's, or youth organizations who 
may wish to purchase hymnals as a 
project. Write for complete informa- 
tion to Charles Koontz, Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Co., Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 



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emoriam 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

CLOONAN, Charles B., eight-year- 
old son of Mr. and Mrs. William 
Cloonan, went to be with his Lord, 
Sunday evening, Nov. 22, as a result of 
injuries sustained the day before when 
he was struck by an auto while riding 
his bicycle. Funeral services were held 
on Nov. 25. His father is vice modera- 
tor of the Santa Barbara Grace Breth- 
ren Church. Dale Hostetler, pastor. 

GORSH, Alvah, 51, went to be 
with his Lord, following serious sur- 
gery on Dec. 7. A member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Cedar 



Rapids, Iowa, Mr. Gorsh served God in 
many capacities in the church— more 
recently as deacon and trustee. In past 
years he has been increasingly in de- 
mand as a lay-minister. Until he en- 
tered the hospital, he was interim 
pastor at Calvary Brethren Church in 
North English, Iowa. G. W. Gilgan, 
pastor. 

HERMAN, Mrs. Jesse, 77, went to 
be with the Lord on Dec. 8, after a 
long illness. She was a faithful charter 
member of Calvary Brethren Church, 
Kettering, Ohio; and the mother of 
Kenneth Herman, managing editor of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald. 
Memorial services were conducted by 
Rev. Henry Barnhart and Rev. Lon 
Karns. 

HUNT, Mrs. Gertie, departed this 
life to be with the Lord on Dec. 18. 
She was a devout member and deacon- 
ess in the Conemaugh Brethren 
Church, Conemaugh, Pa., for 59 years. 
Her five living children are all believers 
in Christ and very active in their re- 
spective churches, and almost every 
grandchild is also born again. Her 
health had been failing for two years. 
However, she will still be missed by 
both family and her church. The 



memorial service was conducted by 
her pastor, Don Rager. 

HUNTER, Mrs. Belle, 1 1 , went to 
be with her Lord Dec. 1. She was a 
charter member of the Grace Bible 
Church, Fort Myers, Florida, and a 
regular teacher in the Sunday school 
until her last illness. The funeral was 
conducted by Pastor Bernard 
Schneider, assisted by Pastor Kenneth 
Carr. 

Wedding BJL 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Janice Streby and Steve Auten, 
Nov. 14, Ankenytown Grace Brethren 
Church, Bellville, Ohio. 

Marcy Harris and James Oden, Dec. 
10, Grace Brethren Church of Top- 
penish. Wash. 

Phyllis Parton and Rand Akins, 
Dec. 19, Grace Brethren Church, Top- 
penish, Wash. 

Neva Barr and Ronald Burns, Dec. 
19, First Baptist Church, Lapeer, 
Mich. Rev. Ralph Burns, father of the 
groom, officiated. 



NEW STUDY COURSE FOR GRADES 5-8 DEVELOPED 
BY GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH, ASHLAND, OHIO 

A new course to give young people in grades 5-8 an understanding of 
Christian beliefs and practices has been written by Rev. Knute Larson, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. It has been de- 
veloped and used successfully in the church. 

Title of the course is Precepts, and the material consists of class 
notes for ten class periods of one and one-half hours each; assignments 
for each lesson, including parent participation; thought questions; re- 
search; memorization and family discussion. Also included is a two- 
hour test to be done out of class, and a certificate of accomplishment 
for honoring the graduates. 

Subjects covered include: 

1. God the Father and Jesus His Son 

2. Sin and Salvation 

3. Baptism and Christian Growth 

4. Christian Morality and the Bible 

5. The Church and the Holy Spirit 

6. Brethren Church History and Organization 

7. Local Church History and Organization 

8. Church Membership, Worship, Communion 

9. Nonresistance, Sickness, Swearing, Death 

The course is priced at $5.00 for one copy, 75c for each additional 
copy. A free sample will be sent upon request. Address your inquiry or 
order to the Grace Brethren Church, 1144 W. Main, Ashland, Ohio 
44805. 



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loves 



Love, American style, is a sex- 
oriented phenomena of the day. Love, 
within the context of human affection 
apart from erotic involvement is virtu- 
ally unknown if the behavior of 
society is judged by the spate of 
"literature" being spewed from print- 
ing presses. Love, the word, is used in- 
terchangeably for affection, lust, 
desire, so that its true loveliness and 
worth is often lost in a morass of 
depravity. Are you responsible to 
project a true picture of creative love? 

Love is life's biggest order. For the 
true Christian it is not a matter of 
loving or not loving according to one's 
mood. It is mandatory. Jesus said: 
"This is my commandment, That ye 
love one another, as I have loved you" 
(John 15:12). Paul reminded the 
Romans: "Owe no man any thing, but 
to love one another . . ." (13:8). By 
the time these two passages penetrate 
your thinking you will react in one of 
two ways; moan and throw in the 
towel because you feel unequal to the 
demand, or you will ask God to love 
people through you no matter the 
cost. Then you'll start working— 
Creatively. 

Love doesn't seem to get around to 
people very generously. Too often love 



By Althea S. Miller 



is equated with need. That's not love; 
it is greed. Husbands and wives there 
are who erroneously believe they are 
giving love to the mate when they are 
really just filling a physical need. In 
other areas of their life together, vital 
aspects of developing maturity are 
missing. Creative love develops friend- 
ship involving both mental and social 
facets of living together, plus a fellow- 
ship of the spirit which is the cement 
in all human relationships. 

Love Remembers the good and 
noble. Love forgives and forgets the 
wrongs, cruelties, and sins hurled 
against it. But these are tragically 
empty words unless and until you re- 
member the love of God poured out 
on your behalf even in the midst of 
life's bitter storms. What God did for 
you in the past didn't stop there. He is 
"a very present help in trouble." I 
know. As I write these words my hus- 
band and I are going through a fire 
where we are wrestling "not with flesh 
and blood" but against the powers of 
evil. Apart from the goodness, grace 
and LOVE of GOD which we remem- 
ber and daily experience, this in- 
credible encounter could create bitter- 
ness and ultimately a broken spirit. 
Love remembers God; stands tall and 
strong in the power of His might. God 
remembers to love; we don't forget 
that. 

Love Responds to the needs of 
others. Creative love goes out of its 
way to help meet those needs. The 
power to go that second mile comes 



from our Lord, God omnipotent. Love 
weeps with those who weep, even if 
the weeping is precipitated by willful 
sin. Usually, it is not too difficult to 
weep with those who suffer. But love 
also rejoices with those who have 
something to shout about (which you 
may not have!). It seems far more dif- 
ficult to enter into the joys of others 
than to weep with them, yet there is a 
need for this kind of fellowship. The 
creative woman will sincerely ask God 
to help her "Rejoice with them that 
do rejoice..." (Rom. 12:15). Love 
lends a listening ear. By its behavior it 
says: "Speak, I listen." In recent 
months the Lord has given me a friend 
who has bestowed on me the priceless 
gift of a listening ear. Then she prays 
with me and for me. Hers is Creative 
Love. It is the kind I want to com- 
municate to others. 

Love Reaps a bountiful harvest of 
fruit redounding to Christ's glory. This 
is because love is long-suffering and 
kind. It takes time and patience and 
cultivation to grow good fruit on 
which the human body feeds. Fruit of 
the spirit demands those same quali- 
ties. How can a loveless, lost world 
learn of the tender, forgiving love of 
Christ when His "bride" is impatient 
and unkind? Proffered love may be re- 
jected, belittled and scorned as it was 
when Jesus gave himself, but if it is 
sincerely offered, no strings attached, 
the fruit of eternal life will result. 

Love is an always, all ways, anyhow 
gift; giving, asking nothing in return. 
This is the kind of love the creative, 
re-created woman gives to her world. 
The Bible doesn't emphasize the im- 
portance of a woman's love for her 
husband. I'm convinced this is because 
she cannot honestly submit herself to 
her husband without that creative love 
which encompasses the physical, 
emotional and spiritual aspects of the 
marriage relationship. Guarded by 
such love she can submit. The husband 
is commanded to love his wife as 
Christ loved the church and gave him- 
self for it (read Eph. 5:20-30). His was 
Creative Love. What home transfor- 
mations would be effected if each 
Christian man and woman, husband 
and wife, son and daughter lived and 
Loved Creatively. Will you accept the 
challenge? * 



January 9, 1971 



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Is It the Ark? 



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I hat's Mt. Ararat! That's 
where the prophet Noah landed his big 
boat." The man was pointing to a 
snow-capped peak not far away. We 
were enroute from Moscow to Cairo 
last June and our Russian plane had 
landed for refueling. The man was a 
native of the area and seemed pleased 
to give us the information. The Rus- 
sian guards ended the conversation by 
moving him away from us but we took 
a long look at that lofty peak and we 
wondered if God's time had come at 
last for Mr. Ararat to give up its secret 
treasure after clutching it in its icy 
bosom for more than four thousand 
years. 

The Biblical account in Genesis 6, 7 
and 8 tells the story. Noah was to 
build an ark of gopher wood, three 
hundred cubits long (450 ft.). Thus 
Noah, his family and all the animals 
were preserved through the flood, 
after which "the ark rested . . . upon 
the mountains of Ararat." Through 
the centuries that have passed since 
then, many accounts tell of individuals 
having seen the Ark where the Bible 
says it rested. 

In the days of Babylon, Berosus the 
High Priest, says Noah's Ark could still 
be seen on a mountain in Armenia. 
Some four hundred years before Christ, 
the historian Abydenos agreed with 
him. 

Just thirty years before Christ, 
Damascenus writes about the Ark on a 
mountain in Armenia. Josephus, writ- 
ing about the same time that John 
wrote the Book of Revelation (A.D. 

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By Rev. Nathan Meyer 

100), says the stranded Ark could still 
be seen in his day. 

Marco Polo made reference to the 
Ark as being near the summit of Ara- 
rat about A.D. 1300. Eleven years 
later a Turkish expedition seeking to 
build barricades against avalanches 
after a terrible earthquake, reported 
finding the bow of a ship jutting from 
the ice pack. 

In 1 887 an Archbishop from Persia 
reported having seen the Ark and that 
the wood was "dark red." He claims to 
have walked through several rooms ex- 
posed at the end of a frozen lake. 

About a hundred years ago Hagi 
Yearam and his father, natives of the 
Ararat region, served as guides for three 
atheist scientists who climbed Mt. 
Ararat to prove that Noah's Ark was 
just a fable. But to their amazement, 
they found a huge ship's hull protrud- 
ing from a glacier. They tried unsuc- 
cessfully to destroy it and then 
threatened terrible consequences to 
Hagi and his father if they ever told 
the truth about what they had found. 
Their report to the world was— "no 
evidence." 

But about 1915 when Hagi was 
seventy-five years old, living in Ameri- 
ca and converted to Christianity, he 
told the whole story to Pastor Harold 
Williams asking that the incident be re- 
corded to be read when "they finally 
recover the Ark." Hagi died in 1916 



but the record remains. 

In 1916 a Russian pilot reported 
seeing a ship on top of Ararat "as long 
as a city block." His report prompted 
the Czar to send two large expeditions 
to investigate. They reported finding 
the framework of the Ark. They said it 
contained hundreds of small rooms. 
Some huge rooms had fence-like parti- 
tions made of upright timbers two feet 
thick and large enough to hold animals 
much larger than an elephant. Many 
cages with tiny iron bars were also re- 
ported. In one side was the opening of 
a single large door about twenty feet 
square. The boat was built "to have 
water roll over it." They claimed the 
wood was from the cypress family so 
it wouldn't rot and that it was covered 

Fernand Navarra holds a model of the ark 
which he built after several years of research 
and collection of documents. 




with a heavy coat of wax-like paint re- 
sembling shellac. 

These Russian explorers took com- 
plete measurements and many photo- 
graphs, all of which were delivered to 
the Czar in 1917. But a few days later 
the Czar was killed in the Bolshevic 
Revolution and presumably the 
records were destroyed. 

Meanwhile Roshovitsky, the Rus- 
sian flyer who started all this, escaped 
to America and became a Christian. He 
made a living selling Bibles. He told 
the whole story in an article called 
"Noah's Ark Found." 

An old man who lived near Ararat 
told his grandson, Alim, about the 
presence of the Ark and made the boy 
promise that someday he would climb 
the mountain and find it. Alim's 
parents were killed in a terrible mas- 
sacre. Years later (1937) Alim, now a 
fellow soldier of the French mountain 
-climber, Fernand Navarra, asked 
Navarra to keep his promise for him. 

In 1955 when Navarra made his 
third climb he finally discovered some 
of the actual wood which caused him 
to announce to the world: "I have 
found the Ark!" One beam was a 
hand-hewn log one hundred fifty feet 
long, found deep in an icy crevasse. 

In 1969 the search became serious 
as Search Foundation, Inc., sent its 
first expedition (including Navarra) to 
Turkey to gather new evidence. They 
found additional pieces of the same 
wood. I have examined one of these 
pieces myself in the office of Search in 
Washington, D.C. It was a very dark 
reddish black and while it was rough it 
showed no signs of decay. 

The president of Search is a retired 
Seventh-Day Adventist minister who 
obviously wants to prove to the world 
that the Biblical story of Noah is really 
true. He has an impressive board of 
Turkish and American archaeologists 
and scientists as well as key political 
figures. Their goal is to determine the 
exact location of the remains of the 
Ark (or whatever it is) and then un- 
cover the whole thing and make it 
known to the world. (Note: It is now 
covered with many feet of ice and 
snow as well as landslides of rocky 
moraine). 

They have two major problems. 1) 
Money. They need over a million dol- 
lars and expect most of it to come 
from small donations of many Chris- 
tians. 2) Politics. The Russian border is 



very close, and for security reasons it 
is understandable the Soviet Union 
does not want Americans spying on 
their border defenses from the top of 
Ararat— even though the expedition 
would be entirely on Turkish soil. 

So far severe storms, furious bliz- 
zards, frightful hail, lightning, earth- 
quakes, landslides, avalanches, vol- 
canoes and political revolutions— have 
all played their part in helping the 
"mountain in Armenia" keep her 
precious artifact. 

But only God knows if now at long 
last she will give it up by divine design 
for such a time as this. If I were God 
I'd let Search succeed. But God is 
sovereign and He knows what He is 




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doing. 

Fulfilled prophecy points on every 
hand to the soon-coming of the Lord 
for those who love Him. Remember 
Jesus said in Matthew 24:37, "But as 
the days of Noe were, so shall also the 
coming of the Son of man be." God 
has also given much evidence to the 
truth of His Word through many 
archaeological discoveries. The late 
editor of the National Geographic 
Magazine, Mr. Grosvenor, said, "If the 
Ark of Noah is ever discovered it will 
be the greatest archaeological find in 
history . . . ." 

Maybe uncovering the Ark will be 



God's final warning to the wicked 
world— just before the Lord's return. 

One thing seems certain. There is 
something buried in ice near the thir- 
teen-thousand-foot level on Mt. Ara- 
rat. It is made of huge, hand-hewn 
timber, yet there are no hardwood 
trees for three hundred miles in any 
direction. If it is not the Ark, then 
WHAT IS IT? And how did it get up 
there-locked in the safety of a sta- 
tionary glacier? 

As news-writer William Willoughby 
says in the Washington Perspective- 
"I'm with Crawford ... On to Ara- 
rat!" •> 



January 9, 1971 



17 



FROM THE PRESIDENT'S PEN 



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Yellow? 



I suppose many of you are ques- 
tioning why someone in the day in 
which we live, would say that silence is 
golden. There are many who are out- 
spoken in the political world; young 
folks speaking out against the "estab- 
lishment"; children speaking out 
against parental authority. Why 
silence? Let me share with you the 
reasons behind this title. 

Early in the fall we had an "outing" 
with the teens of our church. We 
played all sorts of games— including a 
game of football, then enjoyed a de- 
licious meal of real honest-to-goodness 
steak, roast corn and other goodies too 
numerous to mention. After finishing 
this part of our planned activities, we 
all gathered around the campfire to 
sing and have a time of spiritual fel- 
lowship. 

The sun was setting; the evening 
was getting quite brisk and everyone 



By Mrs. Richard Placeway 

WMC President 



was huddled around a good rousing 
fire. One of our young fellows, home 
from college, stood in the circle to pre- 
sent us with his challenge from God's 
Word. His first statement was this: 
"Silence is golden, but most of us are 
just plain 'yellow' when it comes to 
witnessing for Christ." For the next 
few moments I heard very little else of 
what he had to say. You see these 
words kept ringing in my ears— "most 
of us are just plain 'yellow' when it 
comes to witnessing"— we are "just 
plain 'yellow' when it comes to wit- 
nessing." A young fellow who just 
finished his first year of college telling 
me something like that! Just who does 



he think he is, were my thoughts. And 
yet I heard again— "silence is golden, 
but most of us are just plain 'yellow' 
when it comes to witnessing for 
Christ." Just plain "yellow." How 
true! 

The sins of the tongue are many, 
but the greatest sin of the church is 
that of silence. One cannot but be 
struck with the powerlessness and fail- 
ure of the church. What is the reason 
for our failure and impotence in the 
task of witnessing? I believe the failure 
lies in the fact that believers are 
"silent" when it comes to sharing 
Christ with others. 

In Acts 1:8, Christ promised His 
disciples: "But ye shall receive power, 
after that the Holy Ghost is come 
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses 
unto me . . . ." When Christ spoke 
these words He was not addressing the 
general public, but the eleven disciples 



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—eleven devoted men who had left all 
to follow Him. Only the man or 
woman who has been delivered from 
sin's penalty and power can tell of the 
Saviour. 

Some years ago a commuter on the 
Long Island Railroad was known to 
every regular patron on the five 
o'clock local. Every evening as the 
train raced along its route he would 
speak to each passenger saying, "Ex- 
cuse me, but if any of your family or 
friends are blind, tell them to consult 
Dr. Garl. He restored my sight. There- 
fore, I know he can help others." That 
is witnessing. Confidently, he com- 
mended to each one the doctor who 
had opened his eyes. Personal commit- 
ment to Christ is the first prerequisite 
for witnessing. 

The second consideration with re- 
gard to the believer's responsibility is 
the commission. Every born again man 
or woman is a commissioned individ- 
ual. Christ commanded, "ye shall be 
witnesses." You are fooling yourself if 
you claim to be a child of God and yet 
disregard His marching orders. 

Dr. R. A. Torrey was informed that 
a minister's son was to be present in 
his congregation, and though the boy 
professed to be a Christian, his charac- 
ter and conduct were not at all godly. 
Dr. Torrey relates the incident as fol- 
lows: 

When the wayward young man 
came past me as he was leaving at the 
close of the service, I gripped his hand 
and told him I was glad to see him. 
Then I asked "Are you a friend of 
Jesus?" 

"Yes," he answered heartily. 

Then I quoted Christ's words, "Ye 
are my friends, if you do whatsoever I 
command you." 

His eyes fell. "If those are the con- 
ditions, I guess I am not His friend." 

This is the command of Christ. We 
are witnesses. By this test, how many 
friends does He have among you read- 
ers? 

The third consideration indicating 
the believer's responsibility to witness 
is the condition of this world. If you 
need a picture of the world of today, 
pick up any newspaper or magazine, 
watch any television program, listen to 
any radio station, or just talk with any 
of your acquaintances. Crime, cheat- 
ing, immorality, cursing, and corrup- 
tion thrive on every hand. Christians 
today need a recovery of compassion- 



Silence isn't golden 


when it quiets your witness. 


In fact one young man 


says it means 


you're just plain chicken! 



ate Christ-like concern for lost sinners. 
How much evidence is needed to con- 
vince Christians of the certain damna- 
tion of souls without Christ? 

Leafing through the pages of a 
travel magazine, there came into view 
the picture of the Sphinx. That stony 
symbol of Egyptian mystery settled in 
the "silent dust of the centuries." 

But what struck my attention was 
the caption underneath. "What secrets 
she could tell, if she could only 
speak." 

What an apt description of far too 
many Christians, who are really 
"spiritual Sphinxes." They seem to be- 
lieve in a "silent" salvation. How is it 
with you? 

The time is late, the hour of grace is 
fast drawing to a close, it is time to 
awaken out of "silence." 

WANTED! 

Wanted, wanted, wanted, 
Wanted men today 
Who will follow Jesus 
Every step alway. 



Men who dare go forward, 
Dare to go alone, 
Dare to be unpopular 
Dare to be just one. 

Wanted, wanted, wanted. 
Wanted, now, today 
Women so true-hearted, 
They will dare obey 
God the Holy Spirit, 
Calling them aside 
In the place unusual 
Daring to abide. 

Wanted men and women 
Full of holy fire. 
Ready for the battle, 
Holy Ghost desire. 
Just to be a firebrand 
In the Hands of God. 
Just to follow humbly 
Where the Master trod. 

Preaching, teaching, winning 
Souls for whom He died. 
Reckoning on the promise 
Of the Crucified. 
You are sadly needed, 
You are wanted too, 
Jesus here is calling 
You— and you— and you. 

-Mary Warburton Booth 

"Whosoever therefore shall be 
ashamed of me and of my 
words ... of him also shall the Son of 
man be ashamed..." (Mark 8:38). 
May these words never have to be true 
of Women Manifesting Christ. May our 
witness be loud, vibrant and genuine 
and not "silent." • 



VOLUNTEER! 



It seems to be the thing to do these days— any cause from 
working in the ghetto to cleaning up the Hudson River! The 
Christian Education Department of the Brethren Church is also 
looking for volunteers— Brethren Student Life Volunteers to 
dedicate their lives to serving Christ. Many BSLV's will go to 
Grace College for their training. We can assist these two phases 
of training volunteers during DECEMBER-JANUARY- 
FEBRUARY. Give through your WMC now! 



January 9, 1971 



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Second in a series on the 

1970-71 WMC Birthday Missionaries 



At Home in Capanema 



By Marcia Wardell 



Dorothy Hodgdon says her "call" 
to missionary service did not come at 
any particular time, for throughout 
her life she has asked the Lord to use 
her where He wants her, when He 
wants her— His direction, her com- 
mand. 

The youngest of three children, 
reared in a Christian home, Dorothy 
was well taught in spiritual things from 
her earliest childhood. When she was 
born at Oberlin, Ohio, her school- 
teacher father was employed there. He 
moved to another teaching job at 
Sterling, Ohio, and there the family 
attended the Brethren church. In that 
church, under Pastor Mark Malles, 
Dorothy at the age of seven came to 
know Christ as her Saviour and was 
baptized. A couple more moves to 
other Ohio points followed, and then 
the family went to Kentucky, where 
her father taught manual arts and her 
mother served as housemother for a 
boarding school. During their five 
years there Dorothy memorized Bible 
verses under the Scripture Memory 
Mountain Mission and attended the 
mission's camp, where she responded 
to a missionary challenge and dedi- 
cated her life to Christ. 

"I sometimes reflect on my grow- 
ing-up years and think of the things I 
learned then which have helped me as 
a missionary now in adult years," says 
Dorothy. Besides the spiritual advan- 
tages, she says, "I think the mobility 
helped a lot, as our family moved from 
one town to another several times. 
Each time there was a new school 
system and schoolmates to adjust to 
and a different 'culture' to fit into 
since each town, in a child's thinking, 
has a different way of life." 

One more move took the family to 
Pennsylvania. Dorothy experienced 
some special blessings the summer be- 
tween her junior and senior years of 
high school when she worked as a 



waitress at the North Mountain Bible 
Conference at Red Rock, where the 
sessions were scheduled in such a way 
that the workers were able to attend 
most of the services. After her high- 
school graduation at Williamsport, she 
went to Winona Lake, Indiana, to 
work and attend Grace College. 

A year later she was married to a 
fellow student, Earle Hodgdon, and 
within a couple of years they were 
living back in Ohio. Then for a number 
of years they served very actively in 
their church, First Brethren of Woo- 
ster, while continuing to seek the will 
of the Lord in their lives, and leaning 
favorably toward the possibility of 
service on the foreign field. One sum- 
mer the family went to Vieques Island, 
just off Puerto Rico, and there Earle 
served as an announcer for Christian 
radio station WIW, which gave them 
a taste of missionary life. 

In 1966 their years of waiting came 
to fruition. It was learned that a good 
mechanic could be used on the Brazil 
mission staff and this seemed to be the 
place for the Hodgdons, for that was 
Earle 's occupation and a good me- 
chanic he is. The family left for the 
field near the end of that year. (By the 
way, the "mechanical" emphasis 
didn't carry through for long, for Earle 
Hodgdon, now an ordained Brethren 
minister, soon became actively in- 
volved in the spiritual ministry of 
church development.) 



Large-size (8x10) photos of the 
1970-71 WMC Birthday Missionaries 
are available on loan for your special 
WMC birthday observances. Write to 
The FMS of the Brethren Church 
Box 588 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
If conflicting dates are requested by 
several groups, a first-come, first- 
served basis will prevail. 




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The Hodgdon family 



In her younger years, Dorothy men- 
tions, "One thing I had decided was 
not to become a schoolteacher, at least 
not of grade school kids, but God 
changed that as I teach our four at 
home in Capanema." It is a challenge 
indeed to be teacher for her own 
youngsters, but without schools at 
Capanema it was necessary, and the 
Lord has enabled her to do this capa- 
bly. The Hodgdons are so concerned 
with their work at Capanema that 
rather than to take the full furlough to 
which they were entitled, they spent 
only three months in the U.S. this past 
summer and then returned to Brazil. 

Mrs. Hodgdon makes this interest- 
ing observation: "Maybe some of you 
WMC'ers have read in stateside publi- 
cations that the Brazilian government 
is suppressive, restrictive, or otherwise 
undesirable. That sort of propaganda is 
invented by people who were expelled 
from Brazil after a communist take- 
over was prevented. We are joyful to 
see that the government is conserva- 
tive, and is in favor of law and order, 
of respect for authority, and of self- 
development. We certainly have no 
complaints!" 

Further, in a personal vein: "We 
have given our lives to the Lord to go 
where He wants us. This is the reason- 
able service of all believers. I must say 
to the Lord, T am nothing in my own 
strength, I know nothing in my own 
wisdom, I have nothing to recommend 
me to You as being worthy of Your 
consideration.' His strength is made 
perfect in weakness (II Cor. 12:9). 
Christ is our wisdom, righteousness 
and power. We cannot sell our services 
to Him, but we humbly submit our- 
selves and all we have to Him so that 
He can work through us." # 



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This Brethren pastor's wife 
attended Grace College. She says . . . 



Hooray for Grace! 



Well do I remember the day I went 
to my dear mother and asked her what 
I needed to do to know 1 would go to 
heaven. Although I was only seven 
years old, Mother prayed with me and 
I asked Jesus to take my sins and come 
into my heart. (Hooray for consistent 
Christian parents!) 

When I was in high school I came in 
contact with some Grace College stu- 
dents. Up to this point I certainly was 
not giving forth a clear-cut testimony 
for Christ. Students from Grace spon- 
sored a Hi-C club (like YFC) in my 
school and week after week I was chal- 
lenged to live for Christ. It was very 
much through their influence that I 
considered going to Grace College. I 
really had wanted to attend a universi- 
ty (you know, the usual "I-want-to- 
get-away-from-home fever"), but 
through the influence of the Grace stu- 
dents I decided on Grace. (Hooray for 
Christian college students who sacri- 
fice a little time to reach out to kids in 
need of direction.) 

When I enrolled at Grace my full 
intent was to be an elementary school- 
teacher. I had no thought of Christian 
service at this time. In fact, if I had 
known the Lord wanted me to be a 
minister's wife, I would have gone to 
school somewhere else. 

Anyway, there I was attending 
those wonderful Bible classes several 
times a week and chapel every day. It 
was not that I was so anxious to make 
the applications to my life— an "A" in 
Old Testament Survey seemed more 
important— but God was working on 
the foundation. 

I am so thankful for the systematic 
Bible teaching I received at Grace. This 



By Mrs. Dale Hostetler 

Santa Barbara, California 

thorough teaching helped to prepare 
me for the teaching I now do in 
Sunday-school and Bible classes. (Hoo- 
ray for professors who unashamedly 
declare the riches of God's Word!) 

Oh, how I remember those Chris- 
tian service reports at college— every 
week. The first year I really had to 
rack my brain to think of things I had 
done that qualified as Christian serv- 
ice. It never occurred to me to go to 
my pastor and volunteer as a Sunday- 
school teacher or teacher's helper. 
Eventually I had the opportunity of 
singing in the college choir and then in 
a ladies' quartet. This put me in front 
of people as I sang and gave a public 
testimony for Christ. I remember how 
my knees would shake, my mouth be- 
came dry, and my heart beat wildly. 
You could probably say I was more 
concerned about myself than I was 
about what I was proclaiming. It 
probably was so, but all I knew was, I 
could not do it by myself. I learned to 
really pray for God to help me— and 
you know— He always did. 

Now that Dale and I are married, 
we are serving Christ in Santa Barbara, 
California. It is exciting to be in on the 
beginning of a church. I personally 
have learned to worship God and feel 
at home in surroundings other than a 
conventional church building. We meet 
in an assembly room which is part of a 
motel complex. 

There is no time to be withdrawn 
and unwilling to get involved with 
people. When Dale and I lived in Tor- 



rance, California, we had an apartment 
with surroundings I thought were un- 
believable. We called it "little Peyton 
Place." I was convinced that none of 
these people would listen to what I 
had to say about Christ, so I did not 
witness to them. 

After attending a home-missions 
workshop, I was challenged to try to 
talk to some of my neighbors. The 
first one I talked to said she wanted to 
invite Christ into her life. The second 
one was a middle-aged lady, who in 
her childhood had received Christ, but 
had lived her life in her own way. She 
really wanted counseling. In due time, 
all were witnessed to, although the 
first one to whom I had spoken was 
the only one to receive Christ. I thank 
God for the lesson He taught me as I 
was made to realize that the Holy 
Spirit is not limited to only work in 
certain kinds of people— the moral, the 
rich, the educated— but reaches out to 
all people. 

Pray for us. Our desire is that 
many, many precious people will come 
to know the Saviour because of the 
Grace Brethren Church here in Santa 
Barbara. 

Praise God for our wonderful Jesus 
who enables us to live victoriously in 
Him. Without Him, Grace College and 
Seminary would have no commission 
to fulfill and no God-given power to 
shape lives fit for service for Him. # 

WMC OFFICIARY 

President-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Ran- 
dall Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035 
First Vice President (Proj. Chm.)-Mrs. Ralph 

Hall, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Second Vice President (Prog. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Phillip Simmons, 10600 S. E. 226th St., 

Kent, Wash. 98031 
Recording Secretary -Mrs. Gerald Kelley, 

Box 67, New Troy, Mich. 491 19 
Assistant Recording Secretary-Mrs. Dan 

Pacheco, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Robert 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, Ind. 46590 
Assistant to the Financial Secretary-Treasur- 
er-Mrs. Donald Sellers, Hi-Vu Mobile 

Court-Lot 36, Lexington, Ohio 44904 
Literature Secretary -Mrs. Charles Koontz, 

R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chairman-Mrs! Thomas Hammers, 

604 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, Route 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 46711 
Assistant SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald 

Franks, 1513 Greenhill Dr., Warsaw, Ind. 

46580 



January 9, 1971 



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The mountain bluejays turned 
green with envy, and hid in the can- 
yons when the WMC ladies of the 
Southern California-Arizona District 
arrived in a chattering horde at Cam- 
pus Crusade headquarters, Arrowhead 
Springs, on Friday, October 9, 1970, 
for their very first retreat. 

After registration (and registering 
114 ladies can be a tolerably long 
process), Mrs. Leo Polman briefed us, 
and Mrs. George Peek took us for a 
brisk tour of the grounds. 

Lovely as the scenery was, we had 
little time to contemplate its wonders. 
After our walk that included the 
amphitheater, the village, and the ex- 
quisite Atkinson Memorial Chapel, we 
returned to the hotel to unpack, fresh- 
en up, and arrive at dinner with ap- 
petites well sharpened by exercise and 
the mountain air. 

The delicious meal over, we met to- 
gether to hear Mrs. Earl Mooney. She 
opened her remarks with a quotation 
from Women's LIB, "A woman's life is 
unfulfilling," and refuted the premise 
(from a Christian woman's point of 
view) with our theme verse for the 
year: "I am come that they might have 
life, and that they might have it more 
abundantly" (John 10:10). 

The clanging of a bell heralded our 
dignified president, Mrs. Donald 
Carter, resplendent in a voluminous 
red nightgown, with matching night- 
cap, who warned us "Lights Out" 
would sound in fifteen minutes. 

Then "Lights Out" did sound, and 
the whispers, giggles, padding back and 
forth— and anguished petitions to BE 
QUIET began— and then your reporter 
went to sleep. 

Breakfast was at 8:00 a.m., fol- 
lowed by another session with Mrs. 
Mooney. This was a practical seminar, 
considering what can be done in your 
own neighborhood toward forming 
coffee-hour Bible classes— and even 
groups of couples in the evening. 

A coffee break gave us time to dis- 
cuss the presentation, then Mrs. Peek 
spoke to us on "Missions Around The 
World," pointing out that while Breth- 
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is strategically located. Then she chal- 
lenged us to do a bit of missionary 
work of our own, even if it was only 
reading the Bible under the drier at the 
beauty shop or the laundromat. (I 
tried that. A lady asked, "Is the book 
anything like the movie?") 

This was followed by a skit "How 
It Is Done," ably conceived and di- 
rected by Mrs. Polman, on the subject 



— "Interesting the Disinterested ir 
WMC." Dorothy Carter was especially 
graphic in her portrayal of "Mrs 
Dum-Dum," the reluctant visitor whc 
finished as SMM chairman. 

Then we broke for lunch. (If ii 
seems we ate a lot; we did. The fooc 
was terrific.) 

Our final session with Mrs. Moone) 
concluded the retreat. Then we wen^ 
back down the mountain, to dishes 
diapers, dusting and diets, but with the 
singing certainty that our lives wen 
not only fulfilling but overflowinj 
with the Lord's abundant grace— anc 
that if He tarries, we're going back uj 
the mountain next year and count ou: 
blessings again. — Betty e Cramp 0* 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - MARCH 

AFRICA 

Mr. Albert W. Balzer March 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March '. 

B. P. 240, Bangui, Central African Repbulic. 

Mr. Robet H. Juday March .' 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Anne-Claude Waridel March 12, 196: 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

ARGENTINA 

Norman Alan Hoyt March 7, 196; 

c/o Hill Maconaghy, Quintana 353, Adrogue, F.C.G.R., Buenos Aires, 
Argentina, S.A. 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Quintana 353, Adrogue, F.C.G.R., Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A. 

EUROPE 

Miss Carol Mensinger March t 

Foyer de la Femme, 1, rue de la Valle, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland. 

Mrs. James R. Renick March 11 

35 boulevard de TUniversite, E 2, Appt. No. 1, 21 -Dijon, France. 

Mrs. Thomas T. Julien March 21 

30 rue Gambetta, 71 -Macon, France. 

HAWAII 

Rev. Edmund M. Leech March 12 

98-404 Ponohale Street, Aiea, Hawaii 96701. 

Rev. Foster R. Tresise March 2C 

95-303 Waioni Street, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786. 

MEXICO 

Ruth Elaine Dowdy March 26, 1959 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924. 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Stephen Mark Johnson March 29, 1961 

2115 Ostrom, Long Beach, California 90815. 

Mrs. C. B. Sheldon March 21 

510 Rose Avenue, Long Beach, California 90812. 

Kenneth Nicholas Davis March 23, 1961 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 



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SMM Honor Roll 



This year we are very proud to be able to recognize so many girls and patronesses who completed their personal 
goal. Congratulations ladies and girls! We'll be praying for you and hope to see your name on this list again next year. 

The following are girls and patronesses who have either memorized a book of the Bible (or equivalent quiz chapters 
for quiz team members), read the Bible (Seniors), read the Old Testament (Middlers), or read the New Testament 
(Juniors). -Pam Walters, National SMM Editor 



ALLEGHENY 

Reading 

Debbie Cox 
Bobbie Dicks 
Lila Ewart 
Helen Hupp 
Sheri Johnson 
Shelia McDaniel 
Lisa Miles 
Trudy Miles 
Heidi Moreland 
Defonda Moreland 
Nancy Symons 
Barbara Taylor 
Vickie Witt 
Colleen Yarup 

Patronesses 

Shirley Burnworth 
Adna Coughenour 
Ethel Gnagey 
Millicent Johnson 
Jean Sullivan 

AMERI-MEX 

Reading 

Doreen Davenport 
Lorraine Edmiston 
Maria Elena Garcia 
Darla Graves 
Cindy Lawyer 
Maria Quintero 
Melody Stroup 
Cathy Thurman 

Patroness 
Alys Haag 

EAST 

Memorization 
Debra Rasbach 

Reading 

Debbie Benton 
Brenda Bowman 
Debbie Bowser 
Donna Kay Bowser 
Roxanne Bracken 
Ilene Brown 
Anita Cousins 
Anita Cunningham 
Linda Diehl 
Judy Foor 
Lisa Fye 

Christine Griffith 
Tammy McDowell 
Debbie Mottern 
Janet Page 
Suzette Scaife 
Sandi Schmid 
Paula Snell 



Patronesses 

Mrs. W. Wayne Baker 
Miss June Blough 
Mrs. Margaret Gillen 
Mrs. Elaine Hunt 
Mrs. Ella Mae Smith 
Miss Rose Snyder 

INDIANA 

Memorization 
Betty Bowman 
Darlene Jeanette 
Mary Male 
Candace Miller 
Cynthia Miller 
Becky Russell 
Diana Swihart 

Reading 

Judy Ashman 
Betty Bowman 
Susan Deisch 
Melodye Evans 
Maria Given 
Susan Guiles 
Kathy Hamilton 
Darlene Jeanette 
Marlene LaBrun 
Sharon Linn 
Martha Male 
Mary Male 
Ruth Male 
Joyce Mason 
Mary McNally 
Candace Miller 
Jackie Miller 
Rebecca Phend 
Janet Rooney 
Becky Russell 
Susan Suter 
Diana Swihart 
Julie Taylor 
Meta Sue Taylor 
Christine Welborn 
Brenda Welling 
Deanna Woodward 
Becky Young 

Patronesses 

Mrs. Florence Arthur 
Mrs. Kay BeUa 
Mrs. Robert Crees 
Mrs. Margaret Engle 
Mrs. Janet Foreman 
Mrs. Frank Martin 
Mrs. Tom Morris 
Mrs. Rollin Sandy 
Mrs. Virginia Sellers 
Mrs. Jean Wease 
Mrs. Scott Weaver 



MICHIGAN 

Reading 

Mrs. Diane Stahl 

IOWA 

Reading 

Janice Brown 
Pam Dunkin 

Patronesses 

Mrs. Ray Andrew- 
Mrs. Cay Brown 
Mrs. Bonnie Wettleland 

MIDWEST 

Reading 

Patricia Hyke 
Pamela Hyke 
Laurel Inman 
Debra Schleicher 
Sonja Simons 
Karen Williams 

Patronesses 

Mrs. Juanita Hyke 
Mrs. Geneva Inman 
Mrs. Vera Schleicher 

NORTH ATLANTIC 

Reading 

Cecil Keck 
Nancy Lee Koehler 
Betsy Schweitzer 
Patroness 

Peggy Wells 

NORTHCENTRAL OHIO 

Reading 

Shirley Butterbaugh 

Carol Viock 

Lu Ann Waggoner 

Pam Walters 
Patroness 

Mrs. Iris Market 

NORTHEASTERN OHIO 

Memorization 

Jill Burke 

Linda Kisner 

Lois Kisner 
Reading 

Jill Burke 

Mary Grant 

Lois Kisner 

Nora Macon 

Peggy Robinson 



Patronesses 

Mrs. Rosalie Brubaker 
Mrs. Alldean Burtoft 
Mrs. Mildred Robinson 
Mrs. Virginia York 

NORTHWEST 

Memorization 

Sheila Adams 

Kathie Curfman 

Annie Mayes 

Joy Mayes 
Reading 

Sheila Adams 

Colleen Weissenfels 

SOUTHEAST 

Memorization 

Peggy Campbell 
Reading 

Nanette Camper 

Stephene Cooper 
Patroness 

Mrs. Barbara Maxie 

SO. CALIF-ARIZONA 

Memorization 

Marcia Hanscom 
Nancy Hanscom 

Reading 

Cheryl Chapin 
Marica Hanscom 
Nancy Hanscom 
Pat Menditto 

Patroness 

Mrs. E. E. Dale 

SOUTHERN OHIO 

Reading 

Cheryl Alcorn 

Penny Blakely 

Kim Faulkner 

Deana Gribbons 

Elaine Hancock 

Regina Knisley 

Gloria Kreitzer 

Rita McElfresh 

Colleen McGuire 

Kay Polman 

Teresa Potter 

Janalyce VanDyke 
Patronesses 

Sally Blades 

Miss Wilma Hartley 

Mrs. Gerald Polman 

Marilyn Stewart 



January 9, 1971 



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/ inquired of one man what he wished of life 

And he sneered and declared, "Success. " 

I watched him stumble through life, 

Clutching at trivials, 

Craving possessions, 

Climbing madly up a swaying ladder. 

He reached the top in insane triumph, 

Reaching for still another height. 

Then, missing his grasp, 

He tottered for a moment on that top rung 

Before plunging into the awful uncertainty 

Of endless Time and Space; 

An utter failure. 

I asked of another what life meant to him, 
And he clenched his fist and answered, 

"Power. " 
He rose and marched through life 
Gaining prominence and potency with every 

step. 
He became efficient and capable— a dynamo of 

a man. 
He controlled and swayed opinions, 
His forceful, energetic ideas became law. 
At the peak of his glory, 
Overwhelmed by his own might, 
He forgot he was a man. But when other men 

buried him, 
He was helpless to object. 



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What he desired of life. 



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I shivered to watch him tortured 

Beyond all human endurance. I marveled 

To see such peace in the midst of such agony. 

I watched him die and heard him affirm, "To 

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Reflections By Still Waters 3 

Challenge of the Census 4 

When God's People Unite 6 

One Giant Step 8 

What Made David Say That 11 

Church News 13 

Men on the Go 15 

Happy What? In a Church? 16 

Grace Seminary Changes Curriculum .... 17 

Youth, Are You Ready? 18 

My Roommate Is My Wife 20 

Seven Named to Who's Who 24 



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CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 
KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions-Rev. John Zielasko WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Donna Hawbaker 

Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer Laymen-Mr. Phil Landrum 



January 23, 1971 

Volume 33, Number 2 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



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Life could be described as a group 
of events held together by a series of 
decisions. From the time we wake in 
the morning till we go to sleep at 
night, we are in the constant process 
of making decisions. How wise we are 
in making the right decision will deter- 
mine to a great extent the total out- 
come of our lives. 

Decision-making then involves two 
basic parts: one, knowledge— or a body 
of facts that we know. The second ele- 
ment is what to do with the facts that 
we know. This method of making 
knowledge work is often called wis- 
dom. In applying decision-making to 
the Christian life, we come up with the 
answer to the question, How effective 
can we be for the Lord? 

We as a group of believers have 
bound ourselves into a democratic de- 
nomination called the National Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches. Our 
goal is to please God by obedience to 
His Word. The body of knowledge, or 
the first phase of decision-making, has 
not been our greatest problem in the 
matter of Christian development. Our 
schools, missions organization, and 
pulpits have retained a firm conserva- 
tive stance with the fundamentals well 
in hand. 

Now, for the sake of provoking our 
thoughts, let me ask myself and you a 
question. How effective have we been 
as to methods or use of the great 
Biblical knowledge in our possession? 
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improvement. How to apply truth and 
see effective results should be an item 
for much thought and prayer. We all 
know that if two people are given the 
same basic facts, one will surpass the 
other in reaching results. The reason 
why?— the one uses wisdom and makes 
knowledge work. In the realm of the 
spiritual we have the added factor 
available of God and His wisdom. 

God never varies the truth in order 
to reach His goals, but He does some- 
times vary the use of different person- 
alities as well as methods to reach the 
goals He has set. 

Much of the existing disagreement 
apparent in our day, often concerns 
methods rather than basic truths. Care 
should be exercised to see what we are 
really disagreeing about. 

Our world is in a time of radical 
change, therefore, caution should be 
practiced and care given as to the best 
way to serve God in the best Biblical 
fashion. I am a conservative in my 
thinking, along the lines of theology as 



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well as methodology, but I don't want 
to close my eyes to good new methods 
of getting the Water of Life out to a 
needy world. Let us ask God for a full 
knowledge of His truth and then pray 
for the wisdom to apply it. He has 
promised: "If any of you lack wis- 
dom, ... ask of God, that giveth to all 
men liberally . . ." (James 1:5). 

All of us at times must feel like a 
man would who, with a bag of cures 
was in a land of the sick, but didn't 
have the knowledge to dispense his 
medicines to those in need. So we may 
feel frustrated because of the lack of 
wisdom to minister the healing 
potions to a sin-sick world. Never fear 
nor falter though-there is wisdom 
from above for you, for me. 
Ask . . . receive. W 



January 23, 1971 



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is greatly affected by population 

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Aa new American every fourteen 
and one-half seconds— that is how fast 
our nation grows. The lowest birth 
rate in years doesn't halt the increase, 
it only slows it down. Every twenty- 
four hours the population jumps by 
another 6,035 (taking into account 
births, deaths, immigration and 
emigration). 

Final figures on the head count 
taken on April 1, 1970, were released 
by the Census Bureau on November 
30, 1970. Total population was 
204,765,770, including 1.6 million 
civilian and military employees and de- 
pendents serving abroad. Since the 
April census was taken our head count 
gained approximately 2 million more. 

In this game of numbers we play 



each decade, many dramatic effects are 
felt through the framed fabric of our 
shifting society. Occupations which 
were once the vocations of the majority 
within the communities are no longer 
listed as available fields of employ- 
ment. Necessity has pressured scores 
of families to forsake standing family 
traditions and trek off into the new 
world of the unknown. 

The National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches is greatly affected by all 
this population explosion and geo- 
graphic shifting. It is tragically af- 
fected when we do not plan and pre- 
pare for the reality of what is now 
happening and what is in the predicted 
future. Yes, these are man-made pre- 
dictions, but dare we not pay heed to 
the projected analysis of social and 
economical conditions. 

The 1971 World Almanac (Pub- 
lished by Newspaper Enterprise Asso- 
ciation) suggests four population 
division territories: the Northeast, 



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By Sherwood Durkee 

Promotional Coordinator 
Brethren Home Missions 

North Central, South and West. The 
percentage of population growth in 
each territory is as follows: Northeast, 
8.4%; North Central, 8.4%; South, 
11.9% and West, 22.5%. The West 
division contains the state with the 
greatest increase in the last decade, 
Nevada— 71.3%. I hastily add that our 
Fellowship does not have an estab- 
lished congregation in Nevada to pre- 
sent the claims of Christ. 

Let's look further into the chal- 
lenge of the census and note the first 
ten states listed as having the greatest 
percentage of growth. (1) Nevada, 
71.3%— no Brethren church; (2) Flori- 
da, 37.1%— 5 new congregations in the 
last 10 years; (3) Arizona, 36.1%— 1 
new church; (4) Alaska, 33.6%— 1 new 
congregation; (5) California, 
27.0%— net gain of 7 churches; (6) 
Maryland, 26.5%— 1 new congregation; 

(7) Colorado, 25.8%— 2 new churches; 

(8) Delaware, 22.8%-no Brethren 
church; (9) Hawaii, 21.7%— under 
Brethren Foreign Missions administra- 
tion and (10) New Hampshire, 
21.5%— no Brethren church. 

The Brethren Annual (1960) re- 
cords the membership in the NFBC 
here in America at 25,333 with 173 
churches reporting to the annual con- 



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ference. The Annual (1970) shows an 
increase of 6,974 members or a total 
membership of 32,307 with 226 
churches contributing to this report. 
The fact is clear, the Brethren Church 
in America is growing. Are we satisfied 
with this growth? 

The Brethren Home Missions 
Council does not shrink from its re- 
sponsibility in this matter of church 
extension in America. Ten years ago 
the Council received in offerings and 
gifts a total of $230,365.55 (1960 
Annual). At national conference, 
August 1970, the annual statistician's 
report indicated a total of $405,338 
given to Brethren Home Missions. 
Sounds great, doesn't it?— it would 
sound great if it were not for the 
shrinking value of every dollar in an 
unstable economy. Our plea to the 
faithful supporters of home missions is 
that they, too, will not shrink nor 
falter in their responsibility to their 
fellow Americans. Need I remind you 
of the heartrending moral decay and 
spiritual decline of our great nation? 

During the last ten years The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council has estab- 
lished a western office to assist in the 
administration of the expanding 
church extension program. Recently, 
the Southern California-Arizona Dis- 
trict has given much consideration to a 
closer working arrangement and ad- 
ministration with the total national 
program. This example of cooperation 
is imperative if we are to keep abreast 
with the rapid expansion and urgent 
needs across our nation. District mis- 
sion boards are constantly presenting 
possibilities within their areas for con- 
sideration by the Council. 

Mission-minded pastors are starting 
Bible classes in nearby cities and com- 
munities. Requests are coming regular- 
ly into the office, "Can we count on 
the BHMC to help if we start a Bible 
class?" So, the challenge of the census 
in the United States only more deeply 
and indelibly charts a course of chal- 
lenge to the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches to redeem every 
opportunity and stand unmovable in 
our missionary vision to the spiritually 
lost among our numbers. 



Our Lord's return is the only event 
which would release us from our com- 
mitment to our Lord's commission. 
There is no choice in the matter. As 
long as our Lord leaves His witnesses 
here on earth we are to do just that— 
witness. May the Brethren Church 
never deviate from preaching the 
promise of our Lord's return. For it is 
the imminent expectancy of the call- 
ing of members of the body of Christ 
which compels us to share the Gospel. 

If the Lord should delay His com- 



ing, what will be the record of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches during this decade? Do we 
see America as a part of the decadent 
world for whom Christ died? If so, our 
mission in America will be carried out 
through His commission. 

Is there a challenge in the 1970 
census? Will it motivate us to do more 
today than yesterday, plan more for 
tomorrow than today, and trust God 
to supply the needs for His program of 
evangelization? # 



Growth of the States 

The chart below indicates the percentage of increase or decrease 


in the population of each state since the 1960 census. 


1. Nevada + 71.3 


27. 


Rhode Island + 10.5 


2. Florida + 37.1 


28. 


lllinois+ 10.2 


3. Arizona + 36.1 


29. 


Tennessee + 10.0 


4. Alaska + 33.6 


30. 


Oklahoma + 9.9 


5. California + 27.0 


31. 


Ohio + 9.7 


6. Maryland + 26.5 


32. 


South Carolina + 8.7 


7. Colorado + 25.8 


33. 


New York + 8.4 


8. Delaware + 22.8 


34. 


Missouri + 8.3 


9. Hawaii + 21.7 


35. 


Arkansas + 7.7 


10. New Hampshire + 21.5 


36. 


Idaho + 6.9 


11. Connecticut + 19.6 








37. 


New Mexico + 6.8 


12. Washington + 19.5 


38. 


Kentucky + 6.0 


13. Utah+ 18.9 








39. 


Alabama + 5.4 


14. New Jersey + 18.2 


40. 


Nebraska + 5.1 


15. Oregon + 18.2 






16. Virginia + 17.2 


41. 


Pennsylvania + 4.2 


17. Texas + 16.9 


42. 


Kansas + 3.2 


18. Georgia + 16.4 


43. 


Montana + 2.9 


19. Vermont + 14.1 


44. 


Maine + 2.5 


20. Michigan + 13.4 


45. 


lowa + 2.4 


21. Louisiana + 11.9 


46. 


Mississippi +1.8 


22. Wisconsin + 11.8 


47. 


Wyoming + 0.7 


23. North Carolina + 11.5 


48. 


District of Columbia — 1.0 


24. Minnesota + 11.5 


49. 


South Dakota -2.1 


25. Indiana + 11.4 


50. 


North Dakota - 2.3 


26. Massachusetts + 10.5 


51. 


West Virginia — 6.2 



January 23, 1971 



When God's People Unite 



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'ne year ago today, on Decem- 
ber 13, 1969, five adults met in the 
living room of Pastor Herman H. Hein, 
Jr., to organize the Grace Brethren 
Church of Kenai, Alaska. Today we 
had 22 in our morning services, 18 in 
the evening worship and 19 in prayer 
meeting Wednesday evening. To many, 
this may seem like a very small group 
after one year of existing as a church. 
It is a small group, but it represents 
many, many hours of hard labor. This 
first year we all had to work long toil- 
some hours trying to make a living in a 
land where prices are high and jobs are 
scarce. God has marvelously provided 
all our needs. We have had to intro- 
duce a church where the name Grace 
Brethren was practically unknown. 

We have been able to reach a few. 
Four families began coming who have 
since left the community, moving 
"outside" as we call the lower "48 
States." This is a tremendous loss to a 
small group such as ours. Many people 
who move to Alaska, seem to be trying 
to get-away-from-it-all. When ap- 
proached about attending church, or 
coming to a saving knowledge of the 
Lord, they simply smile, and politely 
say, "perhaps we will visit some day," 
and that is the end of that contact, 
except when we go back to see them 
again. A few respond. 

This report may indicate that we 
are discouraged, but we are far from it. 
Now let me tell the bright side of the 
picture. Shortly after we began serv- 
ices on January 4, 1970, one whole 
family— dad, mother and two sons pre- 
sented themselves for baptism and 
church membership, bringing our 
membership from seven to eleven. 
About a month later, a family from 
Indiana arrived and put their member- 
ship into the church, making a total of 
thirteen members. This is still our 
membership as the charter member- 
ship closed yesterday. For these thir- 



teen and one other family who attends 
regularly, we are exceedingly glad. All 
of these attend every service faithfully. 
They take an active part in the church. 
They give of their tithes and offerings 
to the Lord faithfully. They live sepa- 
rated lives unto the Lord, and are good 
testimonies of His marvelous grace. 
For this we praise the Lord, and are 
glad. 

Materially, the year has been a most 
outstanding one. We can all rejoice to- 
gether in what God has done. We 
started in a little, tiny library, and 
until May 31 used these cramped 
quarters. Then on June 7, we moved 
to the Kenai Central High School 
portables and used three of these until 
November 8. 

The Lord in the meantime had sent 
Rev. Robert Thompson, the western 
field secretary of Brethren Home Mis- 
sions, to be with us for a week of 
meetings the first of July. He saw the 
great potential and need in this area, 
and upon returning to the States he 
presented them to The Brethren Home 
Missions Council in August, and they 
in turn approved the purchase of 
property and a 24x60 foot mobile unit 
church. We immediately began negoti- 
ations which led to the purchase of 
suitable property near the high school. 
Then the mobile units were ordered. 

The church building arrived in An- 
chorage on November 4 and after 
property development of a well house 
(dug under the ground because of 
severe cold weather), installation of 
sewers, septic tank, cesspool, ditches 
for water lines were dug, grading of 
the property, putting in a driveway 
and parking lot, we moved the build- 
ing on the property, putting the two 
units together. (It arrived in two 
1 2x60 ft. units.) This involved two 
weeks of hard labor because it came as 
a shell, but with all materials included. 
Labor was furnished completely by 



the members, except for machinery 
that had to be rented. 

We moved into the building on 
November 15. What a day of rejoicing 
that was. OUR VERY OWN PROPER- 
TY and only ten and one-half months 
from the day of our first service. Not 
only was this so much of a blessing, 
but the Lord had given us excellent 
weather, with no snow and tempera- 
tures only slightly below freezing, 
until most of the outside work was 
done. Only the skirting around the 
bottom, steps and porches had to be 
made in weather ten degrees above 
zero. Praise the Lord for His goodness! 

Now we have a church building 
with an auditorium that will comfort- 
ably seat seventy-five people, four 
classrooms, and a restroom, plus a 
large parking lot, a private driveway, 
and a beautifully located lot with 
plenty of spruce trees. 

You may say, "Praise the Lord." 
But that is not all God has done for us. 
Listen to this! Here is where many 
Brethren people share the blessings 
with us. This beautiful building is al- 
most completely furnished by gifts 
and projects from our Brethren 
churches and organizations. Let's be- 
gin from the beginning. We left Koko- 
mo, Ind., with offering plates, song 
books and a guest register. One mem- 
ber even gave us a check for $20 to 
open our bank account. (We still have 
that $20 in the bank and hope we 
never get low enough on funds that we 
will need to use it.) No sooner had we 
arrived than requests began to come in 
for projects. 

We received funds from the WMC, 
SMM, Vacation Bible School, North- 
west District missions and churches, 
along with many individuals. Besides 
the gifts of support, we received $100 
a month from home missions, and $25 
a month from the Northwest District 
Mission Board. We received money for 



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By Rev. Herman Hein 

Pastor, Kenai, Alaska 



Many people who move to Alaska 

seem to be trying to get-away-from-it-all. 

When approached about attending church, 

they simply smile and politely say, 

"Perhaps we will visit some day." 




a new Story and Clark piano, a wide 
carriage typewriter, seventy-two new 
folding chairs, five folding tables, an 
office desk and chair, cutting board, a 
fire extinguisher for the church, a 
lectern-type pulpit, porches and steps 
for the outside of the building, and an 
outside sign. 

Other gifts included a flannelgraph 
board and backgrounds, youth song 
books, a mimeograph machine, an up- 
right piano, communion towels and 
supplies, Sunday-school literature and 
office supplies from the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company to get us 
started, letterheads and envelopes, per- 
sonal gifts for the pastor's family, help 
for a family in need, and many letters 
of encouragement. People all over the 
world were praying for us. And we 
are not forgetting the great "Minute- 
Man" response that got us up here and 
helped us to get started in the Lord's 
work. Yes, we are also very thankful 
for the churches who are sending 
money to home missions for our sup- 
port. 

When God's people unite, things get 
done. Here is the evidence. We who are 
in the Alaska Grace Brethren Church 
are thankful for all the many wonder- 
ful gifts of all kinds we have received, 
and if we have missed any gift, it 
doesn't mean we are not thankful, 
only forgetful. Thanks again for all of 
the most gracious help we have re- 
ceived. 

And now pray that our next report 
will show even more progress, and that 
we will win souls to Jesus Christ our 
Lord this coming year. Pray for the 
dedication service which is still in the 
planning stage. Also pray for the 
families who are out of work in this 
area. We may lose some more families, 
but we are convinced that the Lord 
has a job for us to do here in Kenai, 
Alaska. # 



muary 23, 1971 



The Barberton, Ohio, church reached a significant milepost in its ma- 
turity. January 1, 1971, marked the date when the First Brethren Church 
of Norton went self-supporting. 

Pastors Robert Burns, Robert Markley, Irvin Miller and now Kenneth 
Cosgrove have provided the leadership which brought this church through 
its early years. The church, strategically located in a rapidly growing area 
and on fifteen acres of property, has ample room for expansion. Dedicated 
leadership, sacrificial gifts of time, talent and money have built a growing 
testimony for our Lord. The Northeastern Ohio District Mission Board 
deserves much credit for its contributions, labor and encouragement. 

God has through His enabling and empowering grace established an- 
other depository for His truth and the fellowship of His people in this 
heavy concentration of population in northern Ohio. The membership of 
The Brethren Home Missions Council Corporation and the Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation have also shared in this accomplishment. We congratu- 
late the Barberton folk for their faith, their faithfulness, and plain hard 
work. We urge Brethren people everywhere to rejoice with these and pray 
that many more souls will be garnished for Christ and His glory.— LEP 



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By Rev. Kenneth Cosgrove 

Pastor, Barberton, Ohio 




I here is no ban on blessing in 
Barberton, Ohio. The year 1970 has 
marked the first decade of spiritual 
blessings and ministry since the dedi- 
cation of the building in 1960. 

On January 14, 1970, the congre- 
gation voted unanimously to make this 
year a banner year and that 1970 
would be the last year that assistance 
from The Brethren Home Missions 
Council would be necessary. 

In the beginning days the congre- 
gation was known as the Barberton 
Bible Church and was later organized 
as the First Brethren Church of 
Norton on October 22, 1958. Rev. 
Robert Burns, then a student at Akron 
Bible Institute, was called to serve as 
pastor. Other ministers who have faith- 
fully served in this work are Rev. 
Robert Wm. Markley (Apr. 1962-64) 
and Rev. Irvin B. Miller (Aug. 
1964-68). 

During 1959 the congregation was 
accepted into the home-mission pro- 
gram of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches. It was in these be- 
ginning years that the congregation 
moved from the "cheese factory" 
(Sept. 1, 1960) one-half mile north to 



Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Cosgrove have 
had two additions join them in minis- 
tering at Barberton. 



An enthused congregation has caught the spirit of a growing church. 



A vision of the 

potential in our 

community has ignited 

a new desire on 

the part of the people 

to share our life 

in Christ with others. 




January 23, 1971 



the present fifteen-acre location at 
3970 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Nor- 
ton, Ohio. 

One area of special blessing was 
that of realizing how the Lord was 
supplying in the reduction of the 
property and building debt. This can 
so easily become a problem area in the 
life and ministry of the congregation, 
but the Lord cares for all these mat- 
ters. Three years ago the people were 
burdened with the fact that not 
enough was being done to reduce the 
debt and pay off the principal. The 
first goal set was a modest but mo- 
mentous $50 per month— and the Lord 
met the need. So the goal was prayer- 
fully increased to $75 per month. The 
Lord provided. With increased faith 
the next goal was expectantly raised to 
$100 per month. The Lord has not 
failed to confirm His promise to sup- 
ply our every need. We praise Him for 
this. 

Blessings of decisions for the Lord 




The pastor and church members have established a warm relationship. 



by our people have been the greatest 
source of inspiration and challenge. We 
have seen twelve first-time decisions, 
thirteen decisions of rededication and 
fourteen other decisions for a total of 
thirty-nine for 1970. Five new mem- 
bers were added during the months of 
October and November. For all of 
these we are indeed thankful. 

But for more than statistics there is 
praise to the Lord. There is a growing 
concern among the people here at Nor- 
ton, Ohio, to reach out into the area 



The official board has helped to guide the church through the home-mission period. 




with the Gospel. This is being demon- 
strated by the growing ministry of the 
Sunday-school teachers who are calling 
and contacting their students. This is 
also reflected in the large number of 
members who turned out for our call- 
ing program in connection with our 
enlargement campaign. A vision of the 
potential in our community has 
ignited a new desire on the part of the 
people to share our life in Christ with 
others. 

As we go self-supporting in 1971 
we go with the realization that the 
goals and blessings of the past are 
history. We take this step with in- 
creased faith, enlarged vision and high- 
er goals. The year of 1971 is 
incorporated in our theme, thoughts 
and slogans. We shall seek to meet the 
following goals: A membership of 71 
by the end of 1 97 1 ; 7 1 decisions of all 
kinds in the services in 1971; each 
member reaching one other person for 
Christ in 1971. The theme verse the 
congregation has selected for the new 
year is: "Call unto me, and I will 
answer thee, and shew thee great and 
mighty things, which thou knowest 
not"(Jer. 33:3). 

Our blessings are shared with count- 
less others. Brethren people in their 
support of the home-mission program 
have had a part in it all. Brethren, pray 
for us as we take this giant step of 
faith. # 



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Moe was energetically alive physically, 

but a talk revealed he was very dead spiritually. 



I he wiry, old gentleman stood 
that summer day in front of the mis- 
sionary residence in Los Angeles seem- 
ingly unaware of fellow Jews who 
walked by— I say seemingly unaware 
because he had very strange literature 
for a Jewish man to possess tucked 
under his arm in full sight of those 
who were passing on the sidewalk. The 
literature was that which we use in our 
Jewish evangelism, and some of the 
titles conveyed the intention of us 
Gentiles to reach our Jewish friends 
for Christ. It is quite certain that many 
in that neighborhood knew us as 
"missionaries" with a Jewish emphasis. 
Our wiry friend was "seventy-ish." Mr. 
Moe B., in spite of his advanced age, 
had a sparkle and a spirit about him 
which belied his years. This man was 
energetically alive, physically! How- 
ever, our conversation with him that 
day revealed he was very dead spirit- 
ually. 

Mr. B. had come to the residence to 
talk over "religion" with us, all the re- 
sult of a contact Isobel had made some 
ten years before when she sat with the 
children of Mr. and Mrs. B. He arrived 
a little earlier than the appointed time, 
and as we waited for Isobel we en- 
gaged ourselves in conversation, most- 
ly one-sided because it was apparent 
Mr. B. was very lonesome since his 
wife had gone to Israel some months 
before, he being unable to accompany 
her because of his active duties here in 
the cause of Zionism. My first reaction 
to him was, "Here is a Jewish man 
who wants to know more from us," 

January 23, 1971 



What 

Made David 
Say That ? 



but all that he really wanted was for us 
to listen to him talk! However, in this 
business of dealing with our Jewish 
friends it is very wise to give an at- 
tentive ear, to let them talk, to listen 
to them! Our Lord gave a wonderful 
example of this in His walk with the 
two disciples on the road to Emmaus 
that resurrection day. 

In those fifteen or twenty minutes, 
we learned practically all the major 
events in his life from middle age up to 
the present— that he had been a 
European newspaper man on assign- 
ment in the United States, back in 
those dark years for Jews— in the late 
thirties, when he received news his 
loved ones were wiped out in a Nazi 
pogrom. He took asylum in the States, 
and has lived here ever since. He 
married again and raised a family. Now 
he was over seventy and vitally in- 
terested in Zionism. He was Orthodox 
but unlike other Orthodox Jewish 
people who, I understand, do not 
favor the Zionism which has strong 
political overtones. 



By John S. Neely 



It was about at this point that 
Isobel came in and after exchanging a 
few amenities with Mr. B., the conver- 
sation concerning spiritual matters be- 
gan in earnest. Sally would leave on an 
occasion to fulfill her part as the 
"perfect" hostess in preparing refresh- 
ments, and then join us as we all 
engaged in this battle for a Jewish 
soul— and believe me, a battle it was! 
Mr. B. was well informed in Judaism 
and knew his way around the Scrip- 
tures! 

We led into his views on Messiah 
and Tenach (Old Testament) as the 
Word of God. He believed in a per- 
sonal Messiah and said the Tenach was 
God's Word. We questioned him on 
Leviticus 17:11 and the blood atone- 
ment. It was then we got his views 
on how he would get to heaven. It was 
the customary Hebrew answer-prayer, 
penance and good works. He saw no 
need of a Mediator, to be sure. As 
other religious Jews he apparently had 
imbibed the rabbinical teaching that a 
Jew had inherent within himself the 



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He asked me a question— did I believe that a little baby was born in sin? 



strength to lift himself back to a Holy 
God. 

Then came the lightning bolt from 
this well-read, well-informed man. He 
asked me a question— did I believe that 
a little baby was born in sin? When I 
answered that I did he told me that he 
would never believe that. I looked at 
him and asked if he had respect for 
King David since I knew Jewish people 
thought highly of the conqueror of 
Goliath. Oh yes, he had a high regard 
for David. It was then I took him to 
Psalm 51 where David wrote, in a time 
of deep spiritual agony, that he "was 
shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my 
mother conceive me." Certainly Mr. B. 
did not think the marriage bed was de- 
filed and that conception in the 
marriage state was the result of sin. 



No, he did not believe that— and then 
the second lightning bolt came when 
he asked, "What made David say 
that?" It would have been very amus- 
ing if it were not so tragic. I simply 
answered that it was because total de- 
pravity is a truth of God's Word, and 
David was driven by the Holy Spirit to 
write truth. If only our Jewish friends 
would believe that they sin because 
they are sinners. 

I suppose he was thinking of the sin 
question when he apprised me that if 
he were God for one day, he would 
make every person good and bring 
peace into the world. The only alterna- 
tive I could see with his statement was 
that he believed God made men evil 
and brought war into the world— he 
was blaming God for it all! I stuck out 



my chin (verbally) and asked Mr. B., 
"You are impugning God with sin, 



aren't 



you.' 



He looked at me, I 



thought wistfully, and answered, "I 
suppose I am." A very honest man, 
was this Mr. B., and not provoked 
easily to wrath. 

I can still see him standing there in 
front of the residence with the litera- 
ture tucked under Iris arm in that Jew- 
ish neighborhood. And, I cannot forget 
how he turned around before he en- 
tered his car across the street and gave 
us a friendly wave good-by. Yes, Mr. 
B. was quite a man— a Jewish man I 
long to see come to know our blessed 
Lord. 

You may know a Jewish person like 
that— if you do, love him into the arms 
of his Messiah, Saviour and Lord. # 



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NOTICE. All those desiring to have 
their 1970 issues of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald bound in book form 
should have them in the Herald office 
by Mar. 1, 1971. The price for binding 
is $6.95 if you furnish copies. We will 
furnish copies and bind them for 
$7.95, postage paid. 

LANCASTER, PA. They are doing 
it again! Dividing to grow. A group of 
approximately 80 from the Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Lancaster 
will be the nucleus of a new Grace 
Brethren Church of Lititz, Pa. For the 
present, the Sunday meetings will be 
held at the Lititz Recreation Center 
with Rev. Roy Dice as pastor. The 
church secretary is Mrs. John Felpel, 
704 Pine Hill Rd., Lititz, Pa. 17543. 

With the missionary spirit of giving 
away members evident at the Lan- 
caster church there is still a cause of 
great rejoicing as they recently saw 24 
baptized and 32 received into the 
membership of the church. Arthur 
Malles, pastor. 

KETTERING, OHIO. Rev. Henry 
Barnhart has resigned as the pastor of 
the Calvary Brethren Church. He has 
served as pastor of the church since its 
founding in 1957, but his present 
plans call for retirement from the 
active pastorate sometime in 1971. 

COLORADO. Since the parsonage 
family of the Denver Grace Brethren 
Church currently resides in Manitou 
Springs, there was a simultaneous 
"open house" at both the Russell Og- 
den home and the Thomas Inman 
home (the Denver and Colorado 
Springs pastors, respectively), on Sun- 
day afternoon, Dec. 27. A joint service 
of the two churches in a "borrowed" 
church was held with 63 present from 
Denver and 46 from Colorado Springs 
for a grand total of 109! The service 
featured the home-from-college young 
people. 



MARGATE, FLA. There is cause 
here for rejoicing in the Lord for the 
privilege of seeing the manifestation of 
the workings of the Holy Spirit as 
eight rededications were made at the 
services on Jan. 3. 

The team of missionaries who con- 
ducted the missionary conference at 
the church recently was used to bring 
pertinent information as well as a chal- 
lenge to more prayer and concern for 
the testimony that the Brethren 
Church is giving to the lost of this 
world. Edward Lewis, pastor. 

WINCHESTER, VA. Congratula- 
tions to Rev. Paul Dick as he entered 
his 30th year as pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Winchester. It 
seems this is a record of pastoral lon- 
gevity. May the Lord continue to bless 
this faithful testimony. 

MIDDLEBRANCH, OHIO. Here are 
some suggestions that will help you 
make 1971 a happier year: Have a 
daily quiet time— Make a thorough 
study of one of the books of the 
Bible— Read the Bible through this 
year— Memorize one new verse each 
week— Ask God to provide someone 
for you to witness to each week- 
Increase your giving by 25 percent- 
Pray daily for your fellow Christians 
and your pastor— Make realistic efforts 
to love your neighbor as yourself— Ask 
God to work the fruit of the Spirit 
(Gal. 5:22-23) in your life-Walk in 
the light (I John 1:7). Taken from the 
Grace Brethren Church news letter 
sent to the congregation by the pastor, 
Rev. Ray Johnson. 



NOTICE. A very important and 
significant change in the dating of 
Sunday-school literature is coming this 
year. Beginning in September 1971, 
quarterlies will more closely follow the 
school year. 

At present, quarters begin with 
January, April, July, and October. But 
beginning with September 1971, the 
dating of quarters will be advanced 
one month. Thereafter the sequence of 
quarters will be: FALL: September, 
October, November; WINTER: De- 
cember, January, February; SPRING: 
March, April, May; SUMMER: June, 
July, August. 

Brethren adult materials will be 
published the first, second, and third 
quarters for 1971 as usual, each con- 
taining lessons for three months. The 
Fall quarter will commence with the 
new dating and will include lessons for 
September, October, and November. 

The Missionary Herald will provide 
a full third quarter to facilitate this 
changeover. By including September 
lessons in both third and fourth quar- 
ters, we are making it easier for 
churches to adjust to the change. 
Gospel Light is following the same 
plan as the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald, while churches using Scripture 
Press Publications will receive special 
materials for July and August, 1971. 

This change will drastically affect 
the ordering of Sunday-school lesson 
materials. You will need to place 
orders for the quarter beginning Sep- 
tember 1, 1971, no later than July 15, 
1971. This will assure you of having all 
materials in adequate time. 

Once this transition is made, we are 
sure that the merits will be readily ap- 
parent. 

CHANGES. Please send all mail for 
the Lake Odessa Grace Brethren 
Church from now on to Pastor Rich- 
ard Cornwell, 12591 Darby Rd., R. R., 
Clarksville, Mich. 48815. Rev. Stephen 
Eberle resigned as pastor of Calvary 
Brethren Church at Jefferson Center, 
Pa. Please change Annual. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 



Notice of meetings to be listed 
for publication at least 30 day 



in this column must be received 
s in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 



Orange, Calif. 
San Diego, Calif. 



Date 

Feb. 7-12 
Feb. 14-19 



Pastor 

L. L. Grubb 
Lynn Schrock 



Speaker 

Nathan Meyer 
Nathan Meyer 



January 23, 1971 



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New Edition of 

Modern Translation 

Published 

Tlie Psalms for Modem Man was 
published last month by the American 
Bible Society as the first complete Old 
Testament book in Today's English 
Version. 

This volume of the 1 50 Psalms thus 
joins Good News for Modern Man, the 
New Testament in Today's English 
Version, which the Society published 
September 15, 1966. 

A volume containing both the third 
edition of Good News for Modern Man 
and the Psalms will be published early 
in 1971. The New Testament has had 
the phenomenal distribution of more 
than 23 million copies in the United 
States since it made its first appear- 
ance four years ago. 

Annie Vallotton of Paris, the noted 
Swiss artist whose line-drawings in 
Good News for Modern Man were so 
enthusiastically received, is the illus- 
trator of Tfie Psalms for Modem Man. 

Dr. Robert Bratcher of Setauket, 
N.Y., is chairman of the Today's 
English Version Old Testament Com- 
mittee, a group of scholars who al- 
ready have devoted more than two 
years of effort to translating the Old 
Testament into modern-day English. 
The complete Old Testament is slated 
to be published in 1975. 

An example from Tlie Psalms for 
Modern Man is Psalm 122, as follows: 

In Praise of Jerusalem 

I was glad when they said to me, 

"Let us go to the Lord's house!" 
And now we are here, 

standing inside the gates of Jerusalem! 
Jerusalem is a city restored 

in-beautiful order and harmony! 
This is where the tribes come, 

the tribes of Israel, 
To give thanks to the Lord, 

as he commanded them. 
This is where the law courts are, 

where the king judges his people. 
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem ! 

"May those who love you prosper! 
May there be peace inside your walls, 

and safety in your palaces." 
For the sake of my friends and companions, 

I say to Jerusalem, "Peace be with you!" 
For the sake of the house of the Lord, our 
God, 

I pray for your prosperity. 

(Editor's Note: This is not intended 
as an endorsement of the version, only 
as a news item. J 



PLEASE NOTE. The name of Miss 
Johanna Nielsen was inadvertently 
omitted from the FMS listing in the 
Brethren Annual. Please add on page 
39: Miss Johanna Nielsen, 1819 Pine 
Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90806. Miss 
Nielsen is a retired missionary having 
served the Lord faithfully on the 
Argentine field for many years. 

PORTIS, KANS. Prayer is re- 
quested for a Bible class sponsored by 
Jim and Bonnie Berg and taught by 
Rev. Bill Stevens, pastor of Portis First 
Brethren Church. These classes are 
conducted in Colby, Kans. Bill Ste- 
vens, pastor. 

MEYERSDALE, PA. "Robert Firl 
Sunday" was a time of real joy at the 
Grace Brethren Church as they wel- 
comed home their "son" in the Lord. 
It was some years ago at this church 
that Bob came to a saving knowledge 
of Christ and was taught the Word as a 
young Christian, and also where he 
dedicated his life in full surrender to 
the Lord to be used where He would 
lead. The present place of service for 
Pastor Firl is at Hackberry Hill Grace 
Brethren Church, Arvada, Colo. While 
visiting in Meyersdale, Bob was guest 
speaker at both the morning and eve- 
ning worship services as well as 
honored guest at a fellowship meal 
where the food was enjoyed along 
with a time of reminiscing. Robert 
Burns, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. New records for 
the past year were broken in every 
service on a recent Sunday at Huber 
Heights Brethren. There were 65 at the 
morning worship service, the youth 
fellowship recorded 25, and 68 were 
present for the evening worship. The 
Sunday school saw an attendance of 
84 as a grand finale to a six-week con- 
test. There were 72 "Happy Huber 
Heighters" at the Pizza Party where 
the losing team of the contest hosted 
the winners. James Poyner, pastor. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. The place of 
Russia in prophecy is being examined 
at the First Brethren Church for the 
month of January during the morning 
worship services. This series of studies 
is bringing to light the fulfillment of 
many prophecies found in God's Word 
in light of current events and world 
conditions. M. L. Myers, pastor. 



FREMONT, OHIO. Mr. and Mrs. 
Claude Hoffman extended an invita- 
tion to the members and friends of the 
church to help them celebrate their 
50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27. 
Congratulations to the Hoffmans. 
Ward Tressler, pastor. 

KORNTAL, GERMANY. The 
Roger Peughs were most happy to 
receive their New Year's Baby a few 
days early as Philip Lyle arrived on 
Dec. 29, 1970. He came as an addition 
to our missionary family (Roger, 
Nancy and Ryan) who are serving the 
Lord, and the Brethren Church, in this 
land. Mr. and Mrs. Peugh are praising 
the loving Father for providing a 
temporary home for them in Germany 
and covet your prayers as they en- 
deavor to be faithful witnesses for 
Him. 



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emoriam 

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must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 



NISWONGER, Minnie, 80, depart- 
ed this life on Dec. 23, and the me- 
morial service was conducted Dec. 26 
with Rev. Russell Konves and Rev. J. 
C. McKillen officiating. 



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Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 



Brenda Carroll and Gerald Benien, 
Aug. 1 , 1 970, at the Fairlawn Brethren 
Church, Radford, Va. 

Janice Streby and Steven Auten, 
Nov. 14, Ankenytown Grace Brethren 
Church, Bellville, Ohio. 

Virginia Crees and David Plaster, 
Dec. 18, Grace Brethren Church of 
Goshen, Indiana. The ceremony was 
performed by the father of the bride, 
Rev. Robert Crees, assisted by her 
brother-in-law, Rev. Donald Rough of 
Johnstown, Pa. 

Carol Cake and David Winter, Dec. 
19, Grace Brethren Church, Canton, 
Ohio. 

Mary Jane Graham and Abelino 
Reyes, Dec. 21, Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Lancaster, Lan- 
caster, Pa. 



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Indiana 

The monthly men's breakfasts at 
the Leesburg Brethren Church have 
been averaging seventeen in attend- 
ance. A recent ham and bean supper 
saw sixty men and boys gather at the 
church for fellowship, singing and a 
film, The Weekend With Champi- 
ons. 

The fall "Buttons and Bows" Ban- 
quet for the entire Indiana District 
Men drew a whopping attendance of 
approximately 200 persons to the 
Heritage House in Fort Wayne. Main 
speaker was Don Ogden of Grace Col- 
lege, who brought with him a men's 
trio. 

The affair was keyed to a "dress-up 
night" atmosphere. "It was just a good 
'fun-night-out,' " commented one 
person who attended. 

The Indiana District is pointing to- 
ward district conference, April 16—18, 
at Winona Lake, where Ed Jackson, 
NFGBM executive secretary, will be 
the featured speaker to the men's 
meetings. 

Ohio 

The Fall Retreat for the men of the 
Northcentral Ohio District drew 
eighty-four persons, with the Grace 
Brethren Church of Galion winning 
the attendance trophy. 

Fred Jennings, of Akron, was the 
speaker, and a musical package was 
presented by the Merrill family, of 
Savannah, Ohio. NFGBM Executive 
Secretary Ed Jackson presented a 
national charter to the Northcentral 
Ohio District Grace Brethren Men. 

The Men's Retreat for the North- 
eastern Ohio District was held at In- 
spiration Hills, with speakers James 
Custer, Ron Picard, Ed Jackson and 
Kenneth Ashman. 

Highlights of the two-day con- 
ference were the three well-geared 
workshops. 



An Interview With Ed Jackson 



MEN ON THE GO 



What have your initial months 
been like as the first executive 
secretary of the National Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Men 
(NFGBM)? 

Jackson: Busy. 15,000 miles 
worth. Eight states and districts of 
the National Fellowship of the 
Brethren Church. Speaking on an 
average of eight times weekly in 
pulpit ministry, workshops, organi- 
zational meetings, and men's re- 
treats. We've seen many decisions 
and recommitments of lives to the 
Lord's work. 



What spirit is there among the 
men in churches you visit? 

Jackson: The men in the Breth- 
ren Church want to do something 
for Christ. They have a tremendous 
spirit. And pastors are interested 
and cooperating in every way. 

What are your goals for 1971? 

Jackson: No numerical goals, ex- 
cept for the goal of visiting every 
district in the fellowship before 
conference time in August. But, we 
hope to begin building a group of 
"faithful men, . . . able to teach 
others also." 



Have you seen an increase in the 
number of applications for local 
charters in recent months? 

Jackson: Yes, an encouraging re- 
sponse. Men are interested in doing 
those things collectively that they 
can't do alone. One vital, collective 
activity is praying together as a 
group of men. 

How are funds? 

Jackson: The Lord has answered 
our prayers relative to funds. All of 
the needs have been met. 




Edward Jackson 

Executive Secretary, NFGBM 

What projects are you planning 
in 1971? 

Jackson: We don't have projects 
in the NFGBM. Our single project is 
to motivate men to work with 
young men, boys' clubs, Christian 
Service Brigades that they might 
find themselves "faithful 
men, . . . able to teach others 
also." 



I think we can guess what the 
theme verse is for this year in 
NFGBM. 

Jackson: Right-II Timothy 
2:2 .. . "faithful men, . . . able 
to teach others also." I hope this is 
our theme verse until the Lord 
comes. I am not in favor of changing 
every year. If we follow this one 
admonition, we'll have plenty to do. 



January 23, 1971 



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\\1 



"HAPPY HANUKKAH A 

TO OUR 

JFWI5H FRIEND: 

^rOLT ARE jNViTfD ,,TO SEE 

W MINUTES TO TWELVF" 



For a long time we had talked 
about it. Could it be done? Could the 
church reach the Jew for Christ ... in- 
dividually, that is, and not through the 
missionary? Could Jewish people be 
brought into the church to fellowship 
with Christians and, perhaps through 
this gesture of friendship and goodwill 
be led into a closer relationship with 
their Messiah? 

Se we, of Grace Brethren Church in 
Albany, Oregon, chose December 19 
for THE DAY. It dawned bleak and 
foggy. (Not the usual weather for 
beautiful Oregon, I'm told— the 
"usual" weather being a downpour 
lovingly described as "mist.") 

Two weeks previously a four by 
eight foot sign had been erected out- 
side the church and floodlighted. On 
the side facing the main highway, in 
bold blue letters against a background 
of shining white with a big Star of 
David in one corner, were the words: 
Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish 
friends. We invite you to see "Three 
Minutes to Twelve" on Saturday night, 
December 19, at 8:30. On the other 
side facing the other highway (both 
roads lead to 1-5 on-ramps) were green 
letters against a background of white 
with a red cross in the corner. They 
said simply: A Blessed Christmas to 
our Christian friends. You are invited 
to see "Three Minutes to Twelve" on 
Saturday, December 19, at 8:30 p.m. 

Well! For two weeks the neighbors 
had stiff necks and passing motorists 
almost fell out of their automobiles as 
they sought to read both sides of the 



Happy What? 



sign. We had already distributed 
special invitations to our Jewish 
friends. They were typed neatly on 
colored paper containing an Old Testa- 
ment verse of Scripture. A menu had 
been included. The menu, of course, 
being a traditional dinner of potato 
latkes (pancakes), sour cream, apple- 
sauce (my own special recipe which in- 
cludes cocoanut, spices, and orange 
marmalade), cookies and coffee. We 
had spent much time in prayer that 
Jewish people might attend. Then we 
almost fainted when our prayers were 
answered! Isn't that human nature? 

If I might draw an allegory, the 
events of THE DAY were almost Jew- 
ish! We had ordered material from Los 
Angeles, the Jewish-American Book- 
store in Fairfax, but it hadn't arrived. 
At the last minute we had to round up 
all our treasured mementos from our 
years of service in Jewish missionary 
work. Remembering weddings I have 
known, and remembering how beauti- 
fully they turned out in spite of every- 
thing, we just took aspirins and hoped 
for the best. 

First we set the tables. One table 
was in Hanukkah decor. Since we 
lacked adequate decoration, we added 
various Jewish objects that made the 
table interesting and sparkling with 
beauty. The other table sparkled with 
Christmas decorations. And just to be 
safe, I hung a sprig of mistletoe over 
the Hanukkah table! 

We had told everyone we intended 
to serve promptly at 7 p.m. and to 
please be there. Strangely enough, 
they were! But we (my husband and I) 
weren't ready! The oil wouldn't get 
hot; the skillets wouldn't brown; the 
latkes were too thick. It was a mis- 
take! It would never work out! Why 
had we decided on such an experi- 
ment? There were no Jews! But, some- 



In a Church? 



how, everyone was finished; a plate of 
latkes was left over, and there were 
Jewish faces at the tables! 

I made the rounds then, greeting 
guests. One man, who had come in 
late, merely picked at his latkes. No 
good? I must confess I didn't ask him! 
Jewish people are so precious! There is 
little hypocrisy in their makeup. If he 
hadn't liked my latkes and if I had 
asked him, he would have told me. So 
it was another time to hope for the 
best and not ask questions! 

We had a time of fellowship to- 
gether. I had taught one of the chil- 
dren to sing: "I Have A Little Dreidl." 
Everyone enjoyed the little song and 
especially, I feel, our Jewish guests. 
Then Pastor Button told our church 
family the meaning of Hanukkah and 
explained the Jewish articles on the 
Hanukkah table. There was a short, 
concise testimony of why WE believe 
in Christ as our Saviour, and then 
everyone went upstairs to view the ex- 
tremely gripping "Three Minutes to 
Twelve" which is timeless and bears a 
tremendous testimony. 

Even after the dinner two strange 
Jewish men came to see the picture. I 
quickly introduced them to each other 
so they might sit together and not feel 
so alone. Our church family, of course, 
did everything in their power to make 
the guests feel at home and wanted in 
our church. 

What did our little experiment 

(Continued on page 23) 




By Mrs. Leanore Button 

Pastor's wife, Albany, Oregon 



Ft 



BLESSED CHRISTM/ 
TO OUR IBP 



YOU ARE I INVITED TO 
^JHREEi MINUTES TO TWEI 




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SPECIALIZATION IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION ADDED 



Grace Seminary Changes Curriculum 



The faculty of Grace Theological 
Seminary, in its continuing review of 
its curriculum, has adopted certain 
program changes for implementation 
beginning with the academic year of 
1971-72, according to Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., dean of the seminary. 

At the heart of these changes lies 
the conviction that there are no short- 
cuts to adequate preparation for the 
Christian ministry, and that a 
thorough and extensive knowledge of 
Scripture, including the original 
languages, should be basic of all theo- 
logical education at the seminary level. 

The following changes are being in- 
stituted: The seminary will offer the 
Master of Divinity degree in two pro- 
grams, both requiring ninety-five hours 
and a monograph or thesis: a. The 
Master of Divinity degree with speciali- 
zation in Christian education, b. The 
Master of Divinity degree in Inter- 
departmental Studies. 

Students will no longer be admitted 
to the two-year Master of Religious 
Education program, and when stu- 
dents presently in the program have 
graduated or converted to the new cur- 
riculum, the M.R.E. degree will be dis- 
continued. 

A basic core curriculum of eighty- 
three hours will be required of all 
students. This core curriculum incor- 
porates certain changes from the 
present required courses. 

The remaining twelve hours will be 
available for specialized studies ac- 
cording to the student's interest. The 
student who elects the curriculum 
leading to the Master of Divinity with 
specialization in Christian education, 
will take these twelve hours in Chris- 
tian education following an expanded 
departmental curriculum. Those who 
desire the Master of Divinity in Inter- 
departmental Studies may take their 
twelve hours among the departments 
without being restricted to any one. 

The requirements for the Diploma 
in Theology are being reduced from 
ninety hours to eighty hours. 



The seminary is also inaugurating a 
one-year certificate program designed 
to meet the needs of those whose 
academic preparation does not qualify 
them for more extended study, or 
whose personal circumstances make a 
longer course impossible or inadvis- 
able. A limited number of students 
each year may be admitted by special 
action of the faculty. This program 
consists of thirty hours, requires a 2.0 
grade point average for completion, 
and leads to the Certificate in Biblical 
Studies. 

Students now enrolled in the semi- 
nary in the M.R.E. and M.Div. pro- 
grams may continue in the present 



curriculum and take their respective 
degrees. Those in the M.R.E. program 
may shift to one of the new forms of 
the M.Div. curriculum, provided that 
they meet all of the new curriculum 
requirements. 

Students in the M.Div. program 
may shift to the new curriculum, pro- 
vided that they meet all of the cur- 
riculum requirements for graduation. 

It is the sincere desire of the faculty 
that these changes in the programs 
offered by Grace Seminary will reflect 
their deep concern for the quality of 
theological education, and will in- 
crease the effectiveness of the semi- 
nary's ministry. # 



Jenkins a Chaplain Again 



Chaplain C. Lee Jenkins, who re- 
tired from the United States Navy on 
July 1, 1970 as Commander in the 
Chaplain Corps, is now serving as chap- 
lain for Grace College and Seminary. 

An alumnus of Grace, Chaplain 
Jenkins received the Bachelor of 
Theology degree from the seminary in 
1950. He had previously attended Bob 
Jones College and Miami University. 

Jenkins had been in government 
service for a total of twenty-six years, 
first in the U.S. Marines, and from 
1952 as chaplain in the U.S. Navy. At 
the time of his retirement, he was Base 
Chaplain at the U.S. Naval Base in Key 
West, Florida. 

Chaplain Jenkins is now Christian 
Service Director for Grace College in a 
program designed to involve the stu- 
dents in practical Christian work. 

He and his wife, Janis, live in 
Winona Lake and are members of the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. Their 
daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Robin Lee) 
Stoll, graduated from Grace College in 
1969 with the B.S. degree; and their 
son, James Thomas Jenkins, is a fresh- 
man at Grace. 




Chaplain Jenkins provides a special place to 
go when problems arise. 



January 23, 1971 



17 



Youth, Are \bu Ready ? 



wome bright morning, the 
trumpet voice of the Son of God will 
announce, "Behold, I make all things 
new" (Rev. 21:5). That may be very 
near at hand, and again, it may be in 
the distant future. But it will be when 
the Son of God comes. His coming will 
mark a transition to a new order of 
things. The old order will pass away 
and a new order will be ushered in. 

But until then, we must expect that 
there will be a continuation of the 
present order of things. The sovereign 
Son of God is working all things after 
the counsel of His own will (Eph. 
1:11), and all these things are 
weighted in favor of the saints (Rom. 
8:28). This does not mean that the 
saints will not confront problems and 
most trying situations. It does not 
mean that the saints will not be called 
upon to exercise persistence in the 
face of difficulty and perhaps undergo 
persecution. But it does mean that the 
outcome for good is assured. 

This means that the trends of 1970 
will continue on into 1971 and per- 
haps with greater intensity as they 
move toward culmination. There will 
be wars and rumors of wars. There will 
be famines and pestilences in many 
places. There will be nation lifting up 
sword against nation. There will be 
earthquakes, tidal waves, tornadoes, 
storms of various kinds. Worst of all, 
evil men and seducers shall be waxing 
worse and worse, deceiving and being 
deceived. 

Let us not imagine that what is hap- 
pening in this nation is peculiar to this 
nation. The only difference is place, 




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There is a place 

where the energies of youth 

can be utilized 

without stint, and that is 

in the cause of Christ. 




and degree. The kinds of trends are 
universal. We are facing inflation in 
this country. There seems to be no evi- 
dence anywhere that this financial 
trend will change. There may be some 
evidence that this trend is being felt in 
lesser degree in other nations, but that 
is doubtful. The foreign mission 
societies can witness to the new perils 
they face in meeting the budget needs 
of the missionaries on foreign fields. 
God's people need to gird up their 
loins to meet these increased responsi- 
bilities so that the work of God in this 
age may accomplish its purpose. 

The unrest on campus is not pe- 
culiar to the United States. Youth 
across the world, and especially on 
campus, is reacting the same way. The 
explanations are multiple, but for the 
most part the causes that are cited are 
really the consequences of something, 
which is either ignorantly or purposely 
bypassed. There is a spirit of lawless- 
ness that is sweeping the world which 
is the by-product of the philosophy of 
humanism. Ideas are sure to have con- 
sequences, and a philosophy which re- 
moves God from the scene and exalts 
man to the position of determining his 
own morality is bound to produce 
confusion, lawlessness and anarchy. 

The spirit of nationalism or racism 
as the case may be is running its course 
through the whole of human society. 
It is in our own beloved United States, 
but not confined to this country. It 
may be found on all the continents 
and in all the nations. This is being felt 
in lands where foreign missions oper- 
ate. There is some question how long 
these countries will be open to mis- 
sionary enterprise. But this is no time 
to draw back. The marching orders of 
the Christ have not been withdrawn or 
changed. Nor will they be changed 
until Christ comes for His own. 

The transition into a new year does 
not mean that God's people shall 
capitulate to the trends in operation. 
Now is the time to renew our efforts 
for the Lord Jesus Christ. The time of 
the end is drawing nearer and nearer, 
and now is the time to buy up the 
opportunity to do business for Him. 

Young people are bursting with 
energy to break free from the dead 
and depressing trends as they see 
them. They think it is time to destroy 
the establishment. Perhaps they are 
right, if they can clearly isolate what 
they feel is holding up the progress 




By 

Dr. 

Herman 

A. 

Hoyt 

President 

Grace 

Schools 



toward a meaningful world. 

But great care must be exercised to 
isolate the area which needs to be 
changed. Apart from the Bible it is im- 
possible to locate that area. Within the 
limitations of a sin-darkened mind, it 
is possible to destroy the right thing 
and put in its place something that is 
unequivocally wrong. Something really 
worse than that which is destroyed. 

But there is a place where the 
energies of youth can be utilized with- 
out stint, and that is in the cause of 
Christ— rescuing the world from its sin 
and woe. It was a group of young men 
who caught the vision of Christ in the 
early days of the Christian era. To 
them Christ devoted himself, and these 
men caught up the torch and carried it 
forward into a world of darkness and 
bondage in the face of a hostile world. 
The call of the Christ, "Follow me, 
and I will make you fishers of men" 
was answered and a revolution was 
begun that has never yet run down. 

As this new year begins, that call 
rings fresh and strong across the years 
to the youth of this generation. 
Youth, are you restless? Answering 
this call will use up every bit of energy 
you have. Youth, are you dis- 
heartened? Answering this call will put 
heart into your activity of which you 
have never dreamed. Youth, are you 
without hope? Answering this call will 
kindle hope in your bosom which will 
light the way through life with an 
ever-expanding glow. Youth, are you 
plagued with monotony? Answering 
this call will fill your life with activity 
and variety so that never again will 
there be a dull moment. Youth, are 
your days without meaning? Answer- 
ing this call will suddenly flood the 
future with the infinite values of God 
himself, and every act from the cup of 
cold water to the crowning of the King 
will take on new meaning. # 



January 23, 1971 



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Is it better to go through college with a roommate 
or a wife? This discussion may help answer that. 



My Roommate Is My Wife 



By Greg Ryerson 

Senior, Grace College 



Within twenty years my group will control Grace College. Right 
now we are a campus minority group, but we are multiplying rapid- 
ly. You would call us radicals, I suppose. 

We are the Married Students, truly a campus minority. We must 
be radicals, or none of us would have made the "radical" change 
from dormitory life to married life. And don't worry about our 
taking over Grace College within twenty years. By the time our 
children (I told you we were multiplying!) are old enough to be 
Grace students, we probably won't have much control over them 
any more! 

Seriously, though, as a married student, 1 have faced some great 
academic, social, financial, and spiritual changes in my life. Having a 
wife— and a family, someday— has affected my goals, my maturity, 
every pattern of my life. 

What happens when a college student exchanges a roommate for a 
spouse? Does it work (in spite of many parental warnings)'? Does 
college interfere with a married couple's relationship? 

I've often wondered how these changes affected my married 
friends. So recently I compared notes with some of them, and we 
decided to share our answers. All those who made comments are 
Grace College upperclassmen from a wide variety of backgrounds 
and with a wide diversity of future plans— from artwork to teaching, 
from pastor to housewife. I talked with Margie Robertson, Penny 
Miller, Glen Nichols, Alice Kinley, John Mcintosh, Bob Hoy, and 
Jerry Teeple. 



When asked if good grades were 
more important now than they were 
before marriage, all of the women said 
no, while most of the men answered 
yes. This may be an indication that 
married women quickly find other in- 
terests outside school, while married 
men see the need to make the best of 
their college education in preparation 
for life. 

Now that you are married, has 
there been a change in the amount of 
time you spend studying for each 
class? 

ALICE: Yes. I think I study less 
and at later hours than before, because 
I have more to do at home. 

JOHN: When I was a freshman in 
college I was engaged to be married. I 
would sit down to study and end up 
writing a letter. Sometimes that would 



take a couple of hours. 

It is a widespread belief that mar- 
riage, with its outside pressures, causes 
many students to take a lighter aca- 
demic load, thus lengthening the num- 
ber of semesters or years required to 
finish college. 

Will being married require you to 
lighten your academic load? 

PENNY: Yes, I've cut down from 
an average of eighteen hours to sixteen 
per semester. 

Everyone questioned said marriage 
would not force him to prolong the 
years he worked for his college degree. 
And here is a surprise for anyone who 
thinks that married life interferes with 
studying: 

What kind of an effect, if any, has 
marriage had on your grades? 

PENNY: My grades are better now. 



GLEN: It has brought my grades up 
about two letters. 

JOHN: Well, if you want some 
statistics, my first semester as a fresh- 
man (when my studying consisted of 
letter writing) I had a 1.03 average and 
was on academic probation. My first 
semester of married life it jumped up 
to 2.98. 

BOB: My grades have gotten better, 
because Lois pressures me about 
studying. That's good, though, because 
sometimes I put things off too long 
when I don't feel like studying. 

JERRY: I have been lucky. My 
grades are better. 

Next I wanted to find out what ef- 
fect marriage had upon a student's 
social life. Answers varied. 

Has your interest in campus activi- 
ties changed since being married? 

MARGIE: I think I am still as in- 
terested as I ever was. 

GLEN: I think maybe my interest 
has decreased somewhat. 

BOB: I don't care much about 
campus things any more. My life isn't 
centered there now. 

Are you able to participate as much 
in campus activities as you did before 
you were married? 

ALICE: No, I am on campus a lot 
less; I feel like it is harder to get to 
know new students. It seems like we 
always have other things to do. And 
especially, now that Ron has gradu- 
ated, he doesn't care as much about 
class activities. 

JOHN: No, we don't have the time 
to get as involved as we would like to. 
But now we find fellowship with other 
married couples. When we plan activi- 
ties we have to plan with each other in 
mind; so we find that our activities 
end up centering around our married 
friends more. 



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Have activities outside school taken 
a greater part in your life since mar- 
riage? And have these outside things 
replaced school-oriented activities? 
Also, what types of activities outside 
school do you now have? 

MARGIE: My job takes more time 
now. 

GLEN: I spend more time on my 
studies. 



When I was a freshman 

I was engaged to be married. 

I would sit down to study 

and end up writing a letter. 



PENNY: 1 spend more time outside 
school than I used to, especially taking 
care of my home. 

ALICE: I've cut out school activi- 
ties more. I still do things with individ- 
uals, but not as much with planned 
activities, like helping with the home- 
coming float, and so on. We have 
taken charge of a youth group at 
church. Also, I am able to see more of 
my family (my mother and father) 
than when I was living in the dorm. 

JOHN: I spend more time studying 
now— especially my Greek! We are 
sponsors for the junior high youth 
group at Warsaw Community Grace 
Brethren, and my wife has joined the 
choir. 

BOB: I do more at church, but it 
isn't a matter of more time. I am not 
as interested in campus happenings 
any more, and I don't feel like a part 
of the community yet. I guess if I 
didn't stay home in the evenings— if I 
was out participating in other things-I 
wouldn't see much of my wife. We do 
spend more time with married friends, 
but not in group activities. It's differ- 
ent from before we were married, 
when we spent all our time just with 
each other. 

Are you more involved in church 
activities now that you are married? 

ALICE: Yes, because I think we 
have more time to plan things to- 
gether. 

JOHN: Yes. For example, when I 
got married I became a member of the 
church I was attending. 

BOB: After we got married we be- 
came members of the church. 

The effect of marriage upon service 
for the Lord seems to vary with the 



situation. 

Has marriage had any effect on 
your Christian service? 

MARGIE: Yes, it's harder for me 
now, and that really makes me feel 
sick. 

PENNY: Yes, it's dropped off a 
little. 

GLEN: Yes, I'm more involved. 

JOHN: I've become more involved. 
I was an usher before I got married. 
Afterward we decided to get more in- 
volved so we took on the youth group. 

Has marriage affected any change in 
the type of Christian service in which 
you have an interest? 

MARGIE: Yes, Ed was always in- 
terested in Christian camp work; and 
now his interests are my interests. 

PENNY: Yes, I'd rather do things 
with Dan, even like baking a cake for 
his Christian Service Brigade group. I 
feel more a part of the church now, 
more stable. Now we're not just "visit- 
ing college students," we're part of the 
group. 

GLEN: Yes, because I have time to 
do things I didn't before— like helping 
with the district quiz team, and so 
forth. 

ALICE: Now it is more a matter of 
arranging my time and thinking 
around what Ron wants to do. Now he 
wants to get involved in Stockade and 
quizzing, and I have to think how I 
can help him. 

JOHN: Not really, except that be- 
fore I was married I didn't feel quali- 
fied as a single person to take over the 
youth group. 

Do friendships with other individ- 
uals change after marriage? Most 
agreed that relationships did change, 
but how they changed depended on 
the individual. 

How has marriage affected your 
contact with your college friends? 

MARGIE: I haven't seen some of 
them in weeks! But now we're really 
happy to see each other. When I was 
living in the dorm, relationships had a 
tendency to get "blah" after a while. 

PENNY: About the only change 



I feel more a part of the 
church now. We're not just 
"visiting college students," 

we're part of the group. 



with my friends is that now I am not 
living right there with them. 

ALICE: Ron and I do things with 
married friends more often, or at least 
with couples, rather than finding new 
friends among the freshmen and other 
new students on campus. 

JOHN: We don't see each other as 
often, but our friendships are just as 
warm as they ever were. 

BOB: I don't see the single kids 
much. In fact, we don't even spend 
much time with other married stu- 
dents. We just aren't on campus that 
much. My contact with other students 
is limited to class time. 

How has your circle of friends 
changed? Is there a difference in the 
type of friends you now have? 

MARGIE: Most of my friends have 
gotten married! 

PENNY: Now we are able to get to 
know our married friends better. 

GLEN: We are closer to other 
married people. 

JOHN: When we decide on people 
with whom we like to spend time, it is 
usually a couple. And it has to be a 
couple with whom my wife can get 



When I was living in the 

dorm, relationships had 

a tendency to get "blah" 

after a while. 



along with the wife and I can get along 
with the husband. That has made us 
more selective in choosing close 
friends. 

BOB: Of course, most of our 
friends are married now. I've gotten to 
know some of my professors better be- 
cause their wives teach school where 
Lois does. It's not that our circle of 
friends has changed so much, but that 
relationships have changed. We don't 
have a lot in common with single 
students any more. 

Has your circle of friends and asso- 
ciations widened? 

GLEN: Yes, after I got married it 
seemed easier to get to know other 
married people. 

ALICE: 1 think so, because we can 
do things with older people more now. 
We feel like we are involved in the 
same type of things they are. 

BOB: Yes. I have a different job, 
and Lois is teaching. We're getting out- 



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side the college community more. 

Now that you are married, have 
you more contact with unsaved 
people? Has being married given you 
new opportunities to witness for 
Christ? 

MARGIE: Yes, but indirectly, be- 
cause 1 meet unsaved people at my 
job. Also, I can talk more about Chris- 
tianity even with my Christian friends. 
When I lived in the dorm we some- 
times didn't talk much. Now it's a 
privilege to talk with them about the 
things of the Lord because we don't 
see each other so often. 

GLEN: Yes. My wife teaches 
school, and sometimes we are invited 
to dinner by the parents of some of 
her students. This gives us new oppor- 
tunities to witness. 



I have to work more hours, 

and I had to find a job 
with a better hourly wage. 



ALICE: Yes. Where Ron works it's 
practically all non-Christians. At office 
parties and other social events we get a 
chance to talk to unsaved people. 

JOHN: In some cases, indirectly. 
When I got married I had to get a new 
job; this put me in contact with more 
people. Now I work with both saved 
and unsaved people. 

BOB: We don't really know more 
unsaved people The people we select 
as friends are usually Christians. That 
is only natural. 

JERRY: My wife has less contact 
with unsaved people, because she 
works for Grace Schools. For me it is 
about the same as it always was, be- 
cause of my job. 

People seem to believe that mar- 
riage brings added expenses to a col- 
lege student. Some of these students 
seemed to disagree. 

Has being married affected the 
amount and/or type of work you do 
to earn a living? 

GLEN: Yes, there is more work in- 
volved. 

ALICE: There is more work to do 
around the home, that's for sure. 

JOHN: 1 have to work more hours, 
and I had to find a job with a better 
hourly wage. 

BOB: Because Lois is working, I 



Seems like before marriage 

we always had some extra 

money when we needed it, 

but now— no way! 



don't have to carry as heavy a load as I 
did before. 

Is there a conflict between your 
work and your studies, more than be- 
fore marriage? 

ALICE: Yes, because often there 
seems to be several things to be done 
at the same time. 

JOHN: No, because I make myself 
study now. 

BOB: No, I do most of my studying 
during the day, and I work in the eve- 
nings. 

Can two really live as cheaply as 
one? If so, how? If not, why not? 

MARGIE: We're doing a lot better 
than we were when we were single, but 
Ed is out of school now. 

PENNY: Seems like before mar- 
riage we always had extra money when 
we needed it, but now— no way! 

GLEN: In some ways. You save 
money on room and board— but then, 
when you get married you need more 
things; so it probably works out about 
the same. 

ALICE: I don't think two married 
people can live as cheaply as one per- 
son can in the dorm. I think maybe 
you want nicer things when they are 
your own. When you are in the dorm 
you sometimes don't care if you have 
the nicest room or not. 

JOHN: Yes, if one of them doesn't 
eat! And where two married people 
are involved, they usually don't remain 
just two! 

BOB: Actually two can live as 
cheaply as one and a-half. 

JERRY: If they both work-it ends 
up the same. But now that we are mar- 
ried there are more tilings on which to 
spend money. We have to be more 
careful how we spend it. 

As I said before, marriage has af- 
fected my future plans and my goals in 
life. I wanted to know if the same 
thing was true for all newlywed stu- 
dents. 

Has being married affected your at- 
titude toward obtaining a college de- 
gree? How? 

MARGIE: The sooner I get my de- 



gree and can start using it, the better! 

PENNY: I feel like I've got to get 
this degree now if it kills me! Before 
we got married it was like I was just 
here because that was all there was to 
do. Now I'm determined to finish— 
although I'd like to skip student teach- 
ing! 

GLEN: It seems more important 
than it was before. 

ALICE: I think I feel now that it's 
important to get my degree and start 
working. 

JOHN: I already wanted to go to 
seminary before I got married; mar- 
riage just entrenched it more in my 
thinking-made it more of a visible 
goal. 

How has being married affected 
your attitude toward your chosen 
career? Or toward choosing a career? 

MARGIE: I have wanted to be a 
teacher since I was in junior high. That 
hasn't changed. 

GLEN: It hasn't affected me too 
much, except that it's made me see the 
need to get on the stick and get the 
job done. 

JOHN: It has made me more ex- 
cited about it. I look back now and 
can see how God has had control of 
things right along— in college, in get- 
ting married, and in all our plans. 

BOB: I think it has made my choice 
clearer, and it has hastened my de- 
cision. A married person has to have 
some definite end in mind, for the 
sake of his family. 



They have to be ready 

to face the fact that 

marriage opens up a lot 

of new problems, too. 



JERRY: Honestly, I would have to 
say that a married person tends to 
worry more about providing a better 
living, because he's no longer living 
just for himself. 

Has married life helped to stabilize 
your mind in determining God's will 
for your life? 

MARGIE: No! We're more mixed 
up now than ever! 

ALICE: Not so far, because we still 
don't know what Ron is going to be 
doing as far as long-range plans. 

BOB: As much as I am able to 
know myself, I would have to say that 



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being married has changed me an 
awful lot. It has knocked my self- 
centeredness out from under me. Now 
I realize that there is another person 
that means more to me than my own 
life. I've already mentioned how mar- 
riage has affected my career, and I 
consider God's will and career plans to 
be the same thing. 

Has marriage changed your feeling 
of responsibility in your role as a 
family member? As a member of 
society? In your relationship with the 
Lord? 

PENNY: Yes, now I really feel like 
a family member. The concept is more 
real to me. And now I have different 



There are a lot worse 
things than being apart- 
like being penniless! 



feelings toward my family back home. 
I feel more compatible with my 
mother, as though she and I have a 
whole field of things in common. 

ALICE: I feel more responsible for 
what I am able to get done; because 
now it is not just my time I am spend- 
ing, it is our time. 

JOHN: Yes, I feel more responsible 
in all those ways now that I'm mar- 
ried, and even more so since I've be- 
come the father of a baby girl. I've 
begun to think a little bit about what 
it is going to mean for me to be a 
father in years to come. 

BOB: Yes. Before I was married, I 
was more egocentric. Now I find I 
have to answer some questions. How 
am I going to act and react in teaching 
my children how to live and move in 
society? Being married and facing the 
unknowns of fatherhood, I've had to 
think more seriously about my role. 

JERRY: There is more responsi- 
bility in providing safety and a living 
for a wife. I feel more like I am con- 
tributing to society, too. 

At the end of our conversations, I 
asked each of these students if they 
had any other comments or observa- 
tions concerning the married student. 
Some reflected upon their experiences, 
some offered advice to couples con- 
templating marriage during college. 

PENNY: I am for it, but only when 
you are sure you are marrying the 



right person. It is a wonderful feeling 
to know you have married the person 
God planned for you. I can think of 
girls who would be almost ready to 
marry the first guy that asked-but 
even among Christians, that is wrong. 1 
know of people who are just miserable 
because they got married for that 
reason, and now it isn't working out 
the way they planned. 

GLEN: I feel sometimes that there 
is a small tendency on the part of 
some unmarried students to cut 
married students out of things. They 
seem to have a whole new attitude 
toward you after you are married. But 
I have also seen a change in my own 
attitude toward my married friends. I 
guess it is because a married student 
has it different in a lot of ways, when 
you come right down to it. 

ALICE: I feel like there are prob- 
lems now, things that we have to work 
around, but I wouldn't change any- 
thing. And I definitely don't think 
being married has made me a poorer 
student. 

JOHN: It's okay if you are ready 
for marriage, but I know couples who 
got married and weren't ready for it. It 
may be true that marriage solves a lot 
of problems for some people; but they 
have to be ready to face the fact that 
marriage opens up a lot of new prob- 
lems, too. 

BOB: I would say, don't rush into 
marriage without knowing what you 
are facing. Figure out your expenses 
and add fifty dollars. (If it hadn't been 
for our parents and grandparents, we 



I feel more responsible 
for what I am able to do. 
Now it's not just my time 

I'm spending, it's ours. 



might not have made it. They helped 
us get a trailer, car and other things.) 
If finances are going to be too much of 
a strain, don't be afraid to put it off. 
And if being together is too much of 
an emotional strain, I would suggest 
that one of the two transfer to a dif- 
ferent school or something. There are 
a lot worse things than being apart- 
like being penniless! When you have 
just enough money to live on, it will 
get pretty old in a hurry. 

And Jerry probably summed it up 



for all of us when he said, "It's the 
only way to fly!" 

Of course, our comments here are 
by no means representative of all of 
the married students of Grace College. 
There are students here who have been 
married a lot longer and are several 
years older. Their views may be far re- 
moved from those of newlywed stu- 
dents. Because only a few of us have 
made comments here, it is, of course, 
impossible to draw any sort of valid 
conclusions concerning our "radical 
minority group." 

But talking about these tilings 
among ourselves has surely helped 
each of us, and it is our hope that this 
discussion will have answered some 
very old questions in a new and en- 
lightening way. 

Perhaps marriage isn't "the only 
way to fly" for everyone in college, 
but a few of us have found it a much 
more pleasant trip than flying alone. 



HAPPY WHAT? IN A CHURCH? 

(Continued from page 16) 

prove? Four Jewish souls heard the 
Gospel. It isn't many, that is true, but 
it is a beginning. Four Jewish souls 
walked into our church because we 
cared enough to try to reach them our- 
selves, not through missionaries. 

So it can be done; it should be 
done; we have done it! How are you 
planning to reach your Jewish friends, 
or are you forgetting that they, too, 
like the world around you, are LOST? 

PS. After the party we were ap- 
proached by a Jewish woman who 
borrowed some of our material and 
who invited us to a Purim Carnival in 
March— of course we are going! What 
an opportunity! 

My own special Jewish friend did 
not attend. I saw him later downtown 
and said: "Missed you at our party the 
other night." His reply: "I had to 
work." He is a car salesman and this 
was true. So I told him that sometime 
he would come to my house and I 
would cook latkes especially for him! 
He promised to come. So we shall 
see ... . 

Since THE DAY, several people 
have remarked that it is so unusual to 
see a church interested in Jewish 
people that they wondered what we 
believed. So testimony was made pos- 
sible to Gentiles as well, through our 
Christmas-Hanukkah party! 8* 



January 23, 1971 



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Grace Students Honored 



Seven Named to Who's Who 



Oeven seniors at Grace College 
have been selected for the honor of 
Who's Who in American Colleges and 
Universities for the 1970-71 school 
year. 

Gary Cole, Pompano Beach, 
Florida; Jane Cooper, Garwin, Iowa; 
Dave Miller, Whittier, California; Greg 
Ryerson, Des Moines, Iowa; Dave 
Plaster, Massillon, Ohio; Dave Wick- 
strom, Syracuse, Indiana; and Vickie 
Zickefoose, Dayton, Ohio; have been 
chosen. 

The choices were based upon their 
contributions to college life with con- 
sideration given to elected and ap- 
pointed leadership, citizenship, 
campus activities, general service, at- 
titude, influence and loyalty. 

Gary Cole, a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Fort Lauderdale, 
Florida, has been active in student 
government while at Grace. This year 
he was elected president of the Stu- 
dent Activities Board. He was presi- 
dent of his freshman and sophomore 
classes and last year he served as stu- 
dent body vice president. 

Music education is Gary's major. He 
has traveled with gospel teams two 
summers and has also been a member 
of the touring choir and the concert 
band. 

Jane Cooper, a recent senior class 
Homecoming attendant, has also been 
chosen twice as an attendant in the 
May Day Court. 

Jane has been active with Campus 
Crusade for Christ and has sung with a 
campus folk group. She has been a 
member of the yearbook staff, and has 
played on the Lancerette basketball 
team. She is a history major and a 
member of the Carlton Brethren 
Church of Garwin, Iowa. 

A major character in last year's play 
Tartuffe, Jane also performed in the 
recent presentation of the play William 
and Mary. 

In the area of student leadership. 



Jane has held positions as class secre- 
tary and class representative. This year 
she is serving as a dorm resident as- 
sistant. 

Dave Miller is active in student 
politics as student government presi- 
dent for 1970-71. Dave spent the past 
summer touring churches across the 
United States with the Crusaders, a 
group of ten singing men from Grace. 
He has also sung with a men's quartet 
and the touring choir. 

A psychology major, Dave is the 
son of Rev. Ward Miller, pastor of the 
Community Brethren Church of Whit- 
tier, California. 

Greg Ryerson is also a P.K. His 
father, Rev. Milton Ryerson, is the 
pastor of the First Brethren Church of 
Des Moines, Iowa. 

A speech major, Greg acted in the 
play William and Mary this fall. Last 
year he played the part of Cleante in 
Tartuffe. Greg has also been cartoonist 
for the college paper during the past 
two years. He is a member of G Club 
and has been active on the track team. 
Last year he was elected class treasur- 
er. This year he holds the position of 
senior class vice president. 

Dave Plaster,, who attends the Grace 
Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio, was 
named to the Dean's List every semes- 
ter during his freshman and sopho- 
more years. This is the highest aca- 
demic honor at Grace. 

Dave, a history major, spent his 
junior year studying at the University 
of Lyon in France. He was also in- 
volved with the Brethren mission work 
at the Chateau de St. Albain during 
that year. 

Dave was instrumental in founding 
Grace Missions in Action, the Christian 
outreach group on campus. He has 
served as vice president of the organi- 
zation and has also been in charge of 
the student missionary conference. 

Vickie Zickefoose, of the Patterson 
Park Brethren Church in Dayton, 



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as 1969-70 yearbook editor and vice 
president of dorm senate. Last spring 
she was chosen May Queen. She is 
presently serving as senior class social 
chairman. 

An elementary education major, 
she served as secretary of SEA, the 
Student Education Association. Vickie 
has been involved with chorale and 
gospel team work. She was a summer 
missionary to Mexico under the TIME 
program the summer of her sopho- 
more year. Vickie has been active in 
Christian Service throughout her years 
at Grace. 

Dave Wickstrom, a G Club member, 
has participated in junior varsity and 
varsity basketball teams, tennis team, 
and track team. He has served as sports 
editor for the yearbook for two years. 

A spiritual leader on campus, Dave 
was chosen as chaplain of his freshman 
and sophomore classes and of dorm 
senate. He is a psychology major and 
has made the honor list four times. 

Dave is the son of Rev. and Mrs. 
Loyd Wickstrom, missionaries to 
Nigeria. He attends the First Baptist 
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The Ministry in France 4 

The Case for Noble Purity 6 

German Evangelicals Form 

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The Last Time 8 

We Do Believe in Her 10 

Children's Page 11 

Church News 12 

You Can Live Above Envy! 14 

Living Abundantly With Dedication 17 

Her Life Is His 18 

Understanding Your Preacher's Wife 19 

Follow Your Missionaries 20 

All Eyes on Florida! 21 

Selecting Your Hymns 22 

The Creative Woman 24 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

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DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Pam Walters 

Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer NFGBM-Mr. Phil Landrum 

COVER PHOTO— Macon, France— arrow locates Juliens' 
home. Ten miles to the north (left in photo), following the 
Saone River, is the village of Saint-Albain and the Chateau 
which is the site of the main Brethren thrust in France. 

February 6, 1971 

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This is a time of tension, conflict 
and uncertainty. The news media 
keeps us supplied with an ever-growing 
list of problems and it seems like we 
belong to the Crisis-a-Week Club. One 
week it is over-population, the next 
the Vietnam War, followed by pol- 
lution, and so on. Unfortunately, these 
are all very real problems for which we 
must find solutions. Pessimism breeds 
more of the same, until we are over- 
whelmed by it all and there is no joy 
left in the world. This is producing a 
generation of neurotic individuals who 
may never see a ray of sunshine or 
hope in their lifetime. 

I would like to strike a blow for 
Christian optimism and take a deep 
breath, of somewhat polluted air, 
bypass today's headlines, stretch a bit 
in my over-populated area and smile. 
Now that may be a strange thing to do 
when everyone is so gravely concerned 
about our existence, but it does give 
me a degree of satisfaction and helps 
me express a Christian truth. 

John, who was a very close friend 
of Jesus' and who had the extra special 
privilege of the inspiration of the Holy 
Spirit, said: "And these things write 
we unto you, that your joy may be 
full" (I John 1 :4). There is a joy in the 
Christian life that deserves a great deal 
more attention than it is presently get- 
ting. 

Solomon said that: "A merry heart 



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maketh a cheerful countenance: but 
by sorrow of the heart the spirit is 
broken" (Prov. 15:13). So you see 
that joy and a happy heart make for 
good Christian virtues. 

Somehow, we get the false impres- 
sion that to go around with a troubled 
countenance gives a visual appearance 
of being more spiritual. Certainly there 
is a time of spiritual concern and tears 
and the weight of much burden bear- 
ing, but there should also be the smile 
of Christian hope and joy. What a wit- 
ness we could be for God at times, if 
we would just smile and radiate the 
note of Christian victory that is ours. 
The world very much needs to know 
that there are some who are not com- 
pletely overcome by the problems of 
our day. 

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the Word of God. It is great to know 
that in Christ there is ultimate victory. 
To the Christian this knowledge serves 
as a stabilizing influence in this un- 
stable world. 

So, fellow Christians, let some of 
the joy be seen by the members of this 
troubled world. Your peace stands in 
deep contrast to this world's present 
gloom. I must admit that if all I had to 
look forward to was the present world 
and its future, I would be very sad and 
gloomy, too. 

But, thank God, there is a hope of 
sharing with God a glorious future and 
there is an added bonus-all of those 
daily blessings that make the heart 
glad today. • 



February 6, 1971 



The 

Ministry 
in France 



(FMS editor's note: The material for this 
article was presented as the France field re- 
port to the FMS board of trustees at their 
annual meeting this past August, and is be- 
ing published, slightly edited, because of its 
general interest.! 

The Brethren work in France has 
been centered at the Chateau of Saint- 
Albain since June of 1964. The 
Chateau serves basically as a place of 
encounter and discussion, where 
people can learn what Christianity is 
before having first to conform out- 
wardly to a particular form of church 
life. The Chateau has given identity to 
the Brethren work, allowing us in a 
rather short time to become known in 
this de-Christianized part of France. 
The ministry up to the present has 
been mainly with youth, but the 
youth program is now being integrated 
into a larger program with emphasis on 
young couples and the family unit. 
The goal of the Chateau is the forma- 
tion of churches. Until the French 
Christians organize into local churches, 
however, the Chateau serves as a 
church for them. 

Personnel 

Three couples presently serve under 
the mission in France. The Juliens 
have been there since 1958, the 
Renicks since 1967, and the Hammers 
since 1969. During the past year the 
Juliens lived at the Chateau and 
directed the work there. The Renicks 
lived in Macon, a city eight miles from 
the Chateau, where most of our con- 
tacts live, and were in charge of the 
work there and were also responsible 
for much of the business of the mis- 
sion. For five months during the 
winter they were on furlough. The 



By Rev. Thomas Julien 

Missionary to France 



Hammers completed a successful year 
of language study at Albertville, and 
have moved to the Chateau. 

This year the Juliens are living in 
Macon, working mainly in personal 
Bible teaching and visitation, in ad- 
dition to the weekend ministry at the 
Chateau. The Renicks are in language 
study at the University of Dijon, about 
100 miles to the north of the Chateau. 
The Hammers are in charge of the 
Chateau in the areas of hospitality and 
maintenance, and participate in the 
other phases of the ministry. 

During the past year we were privi- 
leged on weekends to have the services 
of a young man, David Plaster, who 
was taking the junior year of his col- 
lege education abroad. He worked very 
hard for us on weekends, receiving 
only room and board in return. He is 
interested in future service in France. 

Ministry 

After the summer evangelism camp 
of 1969 the fall program was as fol- 
lows: a monthly youth rally, a month- 
ly young-adult rally, a monthly com- 
munion service, weekly Sunday 
morning services at the Chateau, week- 
ly Bible classes on Sunday afternoon 
with a small Sunday school in con- 
junction. At Macon there was a weekly 
evening Bible and prayer group, and in 
addition there were two home Bible 
study classes. 



During the winter four short youth 
camps were held, two for evangelism 
and two for work at the Chateau. 

The youth activities were well at- 
tended and encouraging, and the week- 
ly study group at Macon was success- 
ful. However, during the Renick fur- 
lough the responsibility of the 
activities, plus entertaining and 
maintenance, made it impossible to do 
the necessary outreach, and the Sun- 
day services at the Chateau on non- 
rally weekends were often poorly 
attended. This was also due in part to 
the loss of many of our best Chris- 
tians, who had moved away from the 
area. 

There have been three weddings of 
local youth at the Chateau. Recently 
five Christians were baptized: four 
youths and one adult. 

During this past summer the TIME 
team traveled in France. They com- 
pleted a three-week evangelism camp 
working with other youth at the 
Chateau, the camp being under the 
direction of the Renicks. It was re- 
ported that the camp was successful 
and many new contacts were made. 

This year the program at the 
Chateau continues with only a few 
modifications, except that the em- 
phasis is more on families than in the 
past. An effort is being made to work 
more on the personal level in home 
Bible classes and small group meetings. 
We do not wish to change our basic 
approach, but insufficient personnel 
has prevented us from working as ef- 
ficiently as we would wish. There was 
the prospect of fewer meetings sched- 
uled at the Chateau, but more contact 
on a personal level with people. 

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France is presently in its most significant period of time, 
from the standpoint of Christianity, since the Reformation. 
Some are seeking to return to the sources of the faith. 



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Field Council 

The field council has been organ- 
ized and is meeting monthly. In addi- 
tion we are planning a yearly confer- 
ence of the missionaries in Europe, 
and possibly a second meeting of all 
the Europe missionaries at the end of 
each summer. Our first yearly confer- 
ence was held at Easter; for three days 
the entire work was discussed and re- 
sponsibilities were divided between the 
missionaries. 

Chateau Property 

A number of improvements were 
made during the past year, further in- 
creasing the value of the property. The 
remodeling of the tower was com- 
pleted. The large salon (meeting room) 
of the Chateau was redecorated. Re- 
cently the UFM made a gift of the 
services of their artist, Phil Gegner, 
who painted six large oil paintings de- 
picting the Creation. The wine cellar 
has been transformed into a game 
room, much of the work being done 
by the youth of the Chateau. 

We are attempting to change the 
image of the Chateau from that of a 
youth center only, to a center for all 
people seriously interested in Chris- 
tianity. Through the use of displays, 
and so forth, we want to attract a 
wider-range group. 

Candidates 

There is need for several more 
couples in France. They should be ex- 
amined not only for their spiritual and 
emotional qualifications, but also con- 
cerning their general agreement with 
the approach in France and their 
ability to adjust culturally to France. 
They will be placed in cities in the 



proximity of the Chateau, beginning 
with Macon, and encouraged to make 
as many contacts as possible and to 
follow them in a systematic manner, 
seeking to integrate them into existing 
activities and attempting to gather 
them into small groups which could 
become local churches. These couples 
would also participate in the Chateau 
program, according to their particular 
gifts. 

French Worker 

The France field has engaged Daniel 
Dutruc-Rosset and his wife beginning 
on January 1 , 1971. Daniel has already 
served at the Chateau, and has just 
completed three years at the Bible In- 
stitute. A French worker is indis- 
pensable to the work. He will be em- 
ployed mainly as a youth worker by 
the field council on a monthly basis, 
and will have no obligations from the 
mission. 

Conclusion 

I believe that France is presently in 
its most significant period of time, 
from the standpoint of Christianity, 
since the Reformation. Vatican II has 
changed the Catholic situation com- 
pletely, and some are seeking to return 
to the sources of the faith. We need 
much wisdom, however, and much 
zeal. The board has stood faithfully 
behind the work in France in spite of 
much discouragement and few results. 
We feel called, however, to serve in 
this country, and we feel that the 
Brethren Church has a ministry to per- 
form. The coming years may be im- 
portant ones; pray with us that we 
may be preoccupied with the es- 
sentials. ** 



February 6, 1971 



V^. hristianity of an earlier day 
exerted such a strong influence upon 
the ideas and opinions of a pagan 
world that changes appeared in the 
moral, social, and political structures 
of society. The writings of the early 
Christian apologists, who were con- 
verted to Christ after spending years as 
intelligent pagans, reveal at least three 
reasons why they were attracted to 
Christianity: 

"1) The sublimity and simplicity 
of the Christian doctrine of God, sin 
and salvation; 2) the noble purity of 
the Christian life, more especially of 
the life of a Christian woman; and 3) 
the grandeur of the doctrine of crea- 
tion contained in the Old Testament 
Scriptures." 1 The second of these 
reasons is one which needs special em- 
phasis today in light of— or should we 
say, in the darkness of the moral decay 
of the present hour. 

For the moment, let us return to 
those days before Christianity was a 
force in society, and listen as history 
speaks. 

"It is almost impossible for us to 
realize how powerfully paganism acted 
upon the general morality of the great 
peoples of antiquity, and encouraged 
all manner of lawlessness and in- 
decency. In the later republic we have 
the spectacle of Roman law and 
philosophy powerless to restrain the 
brutal and obscene passions of the 
people excited by the influence of the 
popular religion. All paganism is at 
bottom a worship of nature in some 



The 
Case 
for Noble 

Purity 




^W 7 ^ 



form or another, and in all pagan re- 
ligions the deepest and awe-inspiring 
attribute of nature was its power of 
reproduction. To ancient pagan think- 
ers, as well as to modern man of 
science, the key to the hidden secret 
of the origin and preservation of the 
universe lay in the mystery of sex. In 
each and every form of polytheism, we 
find the slime track of the deification 
of sex. There is not a single one of the 
ancient religions which has not conse- 
crated by ceremonial rite even the 
grossest forms of sensual indulgence, 
while many of them actually elevated 
prostitution into a solemn sacrifice of 
religion. The corrupting influence of 
paganism entered into the very essence 
of the social life of the Roman. The 
thoughtful reader cannot fail to ob- 
serve how day by day the poison in- 
stilled itself into every nook and 
cranny of the social life of the people. 
It met him in every incident of life— in 
business, in pleasure, in literature, in 
politics, in arms, in theaters, in the 
streets, in the baths, at the games, in 
the decorations in his house, in the 
ornaments and service at his table, in 
the very conditions of the weather and 
the physical phenomena of nature. It 
is not easy to call up as a reality the 
intending sinner addressing to the 
deified vice, which he contemplates, a 
prayer for the success of his design— 
the adultress imploring a Venus the 
favors of her paramour— the harlot 
praying for an increase of her sinful 
gains— youths entreating Hercules to 
expedite the death of a rich 
uncle. . . ." 2 

This picture was changed when 
Christianity combatted paganism. It 
sought "not toleration, not compro- 



mise, but universal supremacy." 
Christianity and paganism were at war. 
They still are, but now the roles are 
reversed. Instead of a heroic band of 
dedicated Christians who counted not 
their lives dear for the sake of Jesus 
Christ, we find an anemic Christianity 
which faces an aggressive paganism 
masquerading as an enlightened way of 
life. 

A sobering article in the December 
28, 1970, issue of Time magazine de- 
picts the collapse of the American 
family— divorce in one out of four 
marriages, communes taking the place 
of the family, trio weddings, trial 
marriages, child-care centers to replace 
motherhood, and so on. Dr. Paul 
Popenoe, founder of the American 
Institute of Family Relations, is 
quoted in this same article as warning: 
"No society has ever survived after its 
family life deteriorated." 

Tragically, the voice of modern 
Christendom is feeble against the on- 
slaught of a revitalized pagan philoso- 
phy. Or, what is even worse, it lends 
its voice with increasing strength to 
the promotion of paganism. 

Perhaps the reason we are not see- 
ing more present-day intelligent pagans 
converted to Christianity is due to the 
fact that although they are aware of 
the Christian doctrines of God, sin and 
salvation, they see little of the "noble 
purity of Christian life" in today's 
Christian and thus are not impressed 
with the truth of the message. 

The three reasons set forth by intel- 
ligent pagans of the first century who 
were converted to Christianity are still 
valid on the mission fields of the 
world. It is an aggressive, proselyting 
missionary movement which believes 
in these three principles that is still at- 
tracting pagans to Christ. It is only this 
type of Christianity that can keep our 
pulpits occupied, our churches filled, 
our Christian testimony vibrant, our 
social concern relevant, and our mis- 
sionary outreach effective. Historians 
tell us that "the pure lives of the Chris- 
tians in the midst of the sea of iniquity 
had a wonderful effect." It can happen 
again. May the paganism that sur- 
rounds us once again stand in awe at 
the "noble purity of the Christian 
Me."-JWZ 

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Ninth Edi- 
tion. 

2 Ibid. » 



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A document called "The Frankfurt 
Declaration" was signed by eminent German 
theologians and missiologists on March 4, 
1970. In view of the many attacks against 
historic Christian faith which have come out 
of Germany, it is refreshing to see a state- 
ment which takes such a positive stand on 
the Scriptures. Evangelical leaders in the 
United States have labeled this as one of the 
most significant developments in missions. 
We would have to object to the wording in a 
few places; however, we still feel that the 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
should be aware of the document. This 
small segment of German evangelicals who 
have courageously taken a stand for the 
evangelization of the world needs to know 
that in this expression of faith others stand 
with them. 

The first part of the document was 
carried in the January 9 Brethren Missionary 
Herald, and monthly installments will con- 
tinue until it is finished. 

THE FRANKFURT 
DECLARATION 

on the Fundamental Crisis 
in Christian Mission 

Seven Indispensable Basic 
Elements of Mission (cont) 

2. "Thus will I prove myself great 
and holy and make myself 
known to many nations; they 
shall know that I am the Lord" 
(Ezekiel 38:23). 
"Therefore, Lord, I will praise 
thee among the nations and sing 
psalms to thy name" (Psalm 
18:49 and Romans 15:9). 
We recognize and declare: 
The first and supreme goal of mis- 
sion is the glorification of the name of 
the one God throughout the entire 
world and the proclamation of the 
lordship of Jesus Christ, His Son. 

We therefore oppose the assertion 
that mission today is no longer so con- 
cerned with the disclosure of God as 
with the manifestation of a new man 



and the extension of a new humanity 
into all social realms. Humanization is 
not the primary goal of mission. It is 
rather a product of our new birth 
through God's saving activity in Christ 
within us, or an indirect result of the 
Christian proclamation in its power to 
perform a leavening activity in the 
course of world history. 

A one-sided outreach of missionary 
interest toward man and his society 
leads to atheism. 

3. "There is no salvation in anyone 
else at all, for there is no other 
name under heaven granted to 
men, by which we may receive 
salvation" (Acts 4: 12). 

We recognize and declare: 

Jesus Christ our Saviour, true God 
and true man, as the Bible proclaims 
Him in His personal mystery and His 
saving work, is the basis, content, and 
authority of our mission. It is the goal 
of this mission to make known to all 
people in all walks of life the gift of 
His salvation. 

We therefore challenge all non- 
Christians, who belong to God on the 
basis of creation, to believe in Him and 
to be baptized in His name, for in Him 
alone is eternal salvation promised to 
them. 

We therefore oppose the false 
teaching (which is circulated in the 
ecumenical movement since the Third 
General Assembly of the World 
Council of Churches in New Delhi) 
that Christ himself is anonymously so 
evident in world religions, historical 
changes, and revolutions that man can 
encounter Him and find salvation in 



German 



Evangelicals 



Him without the direct news of the 
Gospel. 

We likewise reject the unbiblical 
limitation of the person and work of 
Jesus to His humanity and ethical ex- 
ample. In such an idea the uniqueness 
of Christ and the Gospel is abandoned 
in favor of a humanitarian principle 
which others might also find in other 
religions and ideologies. 

4. "God so loved the world so 
much that he gave his only Son, 
that everyone who has faith in 
him may not die but have eternal 
life" (John 3:16). 
"In Christ's name, we implore 
you, be reconciled to God!" 
(2 Corinthians 5:20). 
We recognize and declare: 
Mission is the witness and presenta- 
tion of eternal salvation performed in 
the name of Jesus Christ by His 
Church and fully authorized mes- 
sengers by means of preaching, the 
sacraments, and service. This salvation 
is due to the sacrificial crucifixion of 
Jesus Christ, which occurred once for 
all and for all mankind. 

The appropriation of this salvation 
to individuals takes place first, how- 
ever, through proclamation which calls 
for decision and through baptism 
which places the believer in the service 
of love. Just as belief leads through 
repentance and baptism to eternal life, 
so unbelief leads through its rejection 
of the offer of salvation to damnation. 
We therefore oppose the universal- 
istic idea that in the crucifixion and 
resurrection of Jesus Christ all men of 
all times are already born again and 
already have peace with Him, 
irrespective of their knowledge of the 
historical saving activity of God or be- 
lief in it. Through such a misconcep- 
tion the evangelizing commission loses 
both its full, authoritative power and 
its urgency. Unconverted men are 
thereby lulled into a fateful sense of 
security about their eternal destiny. » 



Form Significant 

Document 



Jesus Christ our Saviour, true God and true man, 

as the Bible proclaims Him in His personal mystery and His 

saving work, is the basis, content, and authority of our mission. 



(Part 2) 



February 6, 1971 



The Last Time 



If you should know that this 
would be the last day you could pray 
for foreign missions and missionaries— 
or for all Christian workers— what 
would you do? 

The hills of Judea were green with 
the new grass of spring. Here and there 
a freshly whitewashed tomb was glit- 
tering in the sunlight. The roads were 
crowded with pilgrims making their 
way to the Holy City of Judaism to 
observe the Passover. Among the 
crowds was the controversial Man 
from Galilee. 

This Man was not the "young revo- 
lutionary" talked about so much to- 
day. This young Man wore decent 
clothing— clothing for which soldiers 
were to gamble before the week 
ended. This young Man paid His taxes. 
He recommended civil obedience as 
well as religious observation. Obedi- 
ence to the state and to God. Only 
once had He done anything to cause 
noise, and then He alone attempted to 
restore sanctity to the temple. Yes, He 
knew the temple was rotten at its re- 
ligious core, but that temple was to 
Him His Father's house. 

On that spring day as the young 
Prophet approached the city, He 
paused, looked at the scene before 
Him, and burst into tears. "If thou 
hadst known, even thou, at least in 
this thy day, the things which belong 
unto thy peace!" He cried. But the 
great city busy with its holiday prepa- 
rations did not know that this hour 
was its last. True, a turbulent forty 
years of uncertainty, of suffering, of 
hunger, of riots, of wars were to drag 
to a final awful hour because this city 
"did not recognize God's moment 
when it came" (NEB). 

Centuries have come and gone since 




that Man of Sorrows wept over the 
city He loved. Centuries during which 
the Gospel proclaimed by that young 
Prophet's lips, His life, His death, His 
resurrection. His promised return has 
been carried to the ends of the world 
He loved. Those passing centuries have 
heaped up their refuse until today the 
entire world stands in a situation like 



that of Jerusalem on that bright day so 
long ago. 

The world is bright. In spite of pol- 
lution spring annually brightens the 
world now as then. The gilded towers 
of today reflect the sunlight as did 
those of Herod's magnificent structure 
which our Lord honored by calling it 
"My Father's house." 



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By Miss Ruth Snyder 
Missionary to A frica 




Today from His throne in glory He 
looks on the world He loves as He 
loved Jerusalem. Today He honors 
architectural wonders and little grass- 
roofed chapels where His Father's 
name is revered. Today is He weeping? 

Our generation does not recognize 
God's moment. This is the day of sal- 
vation. This is God's moment. But the 



world, like Jerusalem, is busy with its 
own affairs. Uncertainty, suffering, 
hunger, riots, wars are breaking the 
hearts of the world's millions. And the 
world is trying Jerusalem's method of 
healing her hurt by crying, "Peace, 
peace." But there is no peace. Judg- 
ment is dangerously near for this 
world. And alas! the church is rushing 



with the world as though eager to 
share in its destruction. 

Foreign missions? Caught in the 
maelstrom of today's theology and 
materialism, the areas of mission work 
are slamming their doors to the Jere- 
miahs who dare to say that a holy God 
will execute a just judgment. "Peace" 
is the message the far-flung corners of 
the world want. "Peace . . . Love." 
Like the rest of the world these places 
are trying their homemade remedies 
which can heal their hurt only slightly 
(Jer. 6:14). The Great Physician would 
cure their hurt completely, but they 
do not like Him because He is ex- 
clusive, He is jealous. He prohibits put- 
ting new wine into old wineskins. 
They deceive themselves into thinking 
they would accept His way if they 
could have their own way too. 

The missionary who presents this 
exclusive Christ does not have crowds 
of people flocking around him. He is 
walking that lonely road which the 
Lord Jesus walked that bright spring 
day. He is learning the fellowship of 
His sufferings. That fellowship sounds 
dramatically beautiful in prayer. In the 
heat and dust of the tropics, the dark 
and snow of the north, the lonely 
places of the wilderness, the smog of 
the crowded cities-the missionary is 
learning that such fellowship is not the 
glory he supposed it to be. It is the 
humdrum, the heat, the dust, the 
routine, the scorn of the world, the 
disappointment of many failures, 
weariness, the exigency of the 
moment. 

This is God's moment. Never again 
will there be another like it. It is pos- 
sible that the current struggle may be 
the last in the present economy of 
God. Surely He who wept over Jeru- 
salem is weeping for the world. 

"What if this present were the 
world's last night?" «* 



February 6, 1971 



9 




We Do Believe in Her 



magine my surprise when I heard 
a sweet little voice behind me asking, 
"Are you a woman?" 

Then, as I turned about, a pair of 
serious brown eyes met mine and we 
smiled at each other. 

"Yes, you are," she said in answer 
to her own question. And I thought 
she sounded a bit relieved. 

"Are you from 'the other side'?" 
she asked after she had noticed my 
American face and accent. 

"Yes, I am." 

"Oh, then you don't believe in the 
virgin"— and she looked very sorry. 

"But I do believe in her. The Bible 
explains it all very clearly. Lots of 
people on 'the other side' believe ex- 
actly what the Bible says about her." 

I was anxious that she should un- 
derstand. But then she was saying 
good-by to me and we did not see each 
other again. 

"What a strange thing to say," you 
are probably thinking. Many people 



By Mrs. Phillip Guerena 

Missionary to Mexico 



here where we live in Mexico City real- 
ly believe what the little girl told me. 
They think that because many people 
in the United States are Protestants 
(not Roman Catholics), then they do 
not believe in the virgin. 

It will help you to understand bet- 
ter when you know that for hundreds 
of years the Roman Catholic Church 
has taught that although Jesus is the 
way to God, Mary is the way to Jesus. 
That makes Mary, the mother of Jesus, 
a very important person. Some of the 
names it has invented for her are 
Queen of Heaven, Queen of the Uni- 
verse, Co-redeemer with Christ, 
Mother of God, Mediator of all God's 
blessings, Most Holy Mother, and 
many others. 1 

It also teaches that Mary is now in 



heaven as God's sweet wife. She is 
dressed with the sun, and the moon is 
beneath her feet. A beautiful crown of 
twelve stars is on her head and she has 
been made Empress of the Universe 
and Queen of all creatures. 2 

What a beautiful picture of the 
mother of Jesus. But it is not true; it is 
a lie. The Bible tells us that Mary was 
especially chosen by God to give Jesus 
His human body, but that she was a 
normal mother in every other way. 

When we study the life of Mary as 
it is revealed to us in the Bible, we 
learn many interesting things about 
her. For example: she was "greatly 
troubled" at the salutation of the 
angel Gabriel; she was humble and 
obedient; she knew the Old Testament 
well, and she recognized Jesus as her 
Saviour; she was a good citizen, she 
was poor, and she was discreet; she 
was worried when they left Jesus be- 
hind in Jerusalem, and she was sur- 
prised to find Him in the temple. The 
Bible further says that neither she nor 
Joseph understood when He said 
"Didn't you know that I must be 
about my Father's business?" 3 

All of these incidents in the life of 
Mary show us that she was, after all, a 
very human person. 

But when you have been taught for 
a long, long time that something is 
true, then it is very difficult to change 
your ideas. 

Not too long ago a friend of ours 
said, "God will have to forgive me, but 
I love His mother more than I love 
Him." 

It is impossible for us to change the 
minds and hearts of our friends here in 
Mexico City. Only the Holy Spirit can 
do this as they hear the Word of God 
and know the Truth which makes men 
free. 



^"Quiero Honrar a Maria," por A.J. 
Strassburger, C.SS.R.; Redemptorist 
Fathers, 125 East 105th St., New 
York, A'. Y. Imprimatur: Francis 
Cardinal Spellman. 

Virgin and Statue Worship Quizzes 
to a Street Preacher, by Fathers 
Rumble and Carty; Fathers Rumble 
and Carty, Radio Replies Press; St. 
Paul, Minn. Imprimatur: Joannes 
Gregorius Murray. 

2 Ibid. 

J Luke 1:29, 38, 46-55; 2:5, 7, 19, 
44-48, 50. » 



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THE CHILDR 




Missionary Helpers, here you can see the mis- 
sionaries in France and the places where they are 
working this year. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hammers are in charge at the 
Chateau of St.-Albain. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Renick are 
taking more language study at the University of 
Dijon so that they will be able to speak better 



French. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Julien and family are 
living in Macon, where they witness to people and 
hold Bible classes; they help at the Chateau on 
weekends. 

Can you name the Julien children? Becky is the 
oldest, and then Terry and Jackie. You knew their 
names, didn't you? 



HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY 



ALONG WITH THE MAP 
AND THE MISSIONARIES 
PICTURES UP THERE, 
HERE IS A PICTURE 
OF THE CHATEAU 
FOR 




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Cku/tck/ News 




The laying on of hands for Pastor Eloy 
Pacheco. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO. The 

ordination service to the Christian 
ministry for Eloy Pacheco was held 
Nov. 29 at the Grace Brethren Church. 
Rev. A. Rollin Sandy, pastor of the 
Sidney Grace Brethren Church, Sid- 
ney, Ind., preached the ordination 
sermon. Pastors of the district who as- 
sisted in the service were Rev. Kenneth 
Cosgrove, Rev. John Burke, Rev. 
Merlin Berkey, Rev. Charles Turner, 
and Dr. Kenneth Ashman. Laymen 
who participated were Mr. Paul Sun- 
thimer, moderator of the church; Mr. 
Allen Huelsman, church chorister; and 
Mr. William Deboer, Sunday-school 
superintendent. Pastor Pacheco was 
the honored guest during a reception 
at the close of the service at which 
time he was presented with a love gift 
by his congregation. 

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. Ground 
was broken here on Jan. 3, for a new 
building. Pastor Tweeddale recounts: 
"To our knowledge it was the first 
evening ground-breaking service. There 
were representatives from just about 
all the Florida churches at the service. 
The church shattered all previous 
Sunday-school records with an attend- 
ance of 100 on the first Sunday of the 
New Year." William Tweeddale, 
pastor. 

PRAYER REQUEST. Pastor Ken- 
neth Russell, New Holland, Pa., faces 
more surgery at the Cleveland Clinic 
next month. 



NOTICE. Pastor, we would like to 
share the current news of your church 
with others. Please send your bulletins 
and news letters to the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald each week. Remember 
you make the church news. 

MODESTO, CALIF. A number of 
college youth who were home for the 
recent holidays shared in a panel dis- 
cussion at an evening worship service 
at the La Loma Brethren Church. 
Some of the questions they considered 
were as follows; (1) What do you con- 
sider the primary adult or parental re- 
sponsibilities in respect to youth needs 
today? (2) What about current evan- 
gelism on secular campuses and Chris- 
tian group meetings? (3) Are you very 
conscious of student activism and have 
you formed judgments as to the causes 
and cures? (4) What about advantages 
of the secular college for a Christian 
student? (5) What about advantages of 
a Christian college for the Christian 
student? Stimulating discussion and 
testimonies were given by the students 
resulting in a most enlightening and 
thought-provoking challenge. J. Paul 
Miller, pastor. 

CHANGES. Rev. and Mrs. Ray 
Davis, 611 Walnut, Apt. 7, Long 
Beach, Calif. 908 1 2. Please change An- 
nual, on page 38, under heading- 
Mexico. Rev. and Mrs. Charles Turner, 
304-14th St. (Mailing add: Box 336), 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Phone- 
219-269-2719). Please change Annual. 



WINONA LAKE, IND. Dr. Homer 
A. Kent, Jr., announces a Bible Lands 
Pilgrimage scheduled to depart from 
New York City on Aug. 10, 1971. This 
will be a ten-day tour, covering Tel 
Aviv, Caesarea, Megiddo, Haifa, Sea of 
Galilee, Nazareth, Samaria, Jerusalem, 
Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of 
Olives, Bethlehem, Jericho, the Dead 
Sea and the Jordan River. Cost of the 
tour is $729, with the option of spend- 
ing an additional four days in Greece 
at extra cost. A payment plan is avail- 
able, if desired. The tour is offered at a 
great savings in price, but not in quali- 
ty as it includes lodging in first-class 
hotels and three meals a day besides 
the delights of the travel. A brochure 
and further information may be ob- 
tained from Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., 
Grace Theological Seminary, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 

KITTANNING, PA. Six individuals 
made rededications at the North Buf- 
falo Church during recent meetings 
with Rev. Richard Sellers as the Lord's 
messenger. During the month of De- 
cember, six were baptized and nine 
were received into the membership of 
the church. Thomas Goossens, pastor. 

AT YOUR SERVICE-New ma- 
terials for worship programs. 

Gospel Light is offering three new 
volumes of planning articles for the 
Sunday-school worship program. The 
series offers programs (52) for Juniors 
(grades 4-6); Junior highs (grades 7-9); 
High schoolers (grades 10-12); each 
volume costs $1.25. Also available are 
programs for Primaries, including 
music, pre-session activities, and so 
forth, at a cost of $2.75. We will be 
happy to serve you. Place your order 
through the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 


Date 


Pastor 


Speaker 


Brookville, Ohio 


Feb. 14-19 


Clair Brickel 


Allen Herr 


Long Beach, Calif. 








(North Long Beach) 


Feb. 21-26 


George Peek 


Nathan Meyer 


Parkersburg, W. Va. 


Feb. 21-28 


Melvin Hobson 


Allen Herr 


Fort Myers, Fla. 


Feb. 28-Mar. 7 


Bernard Schneider 








Kenneth Carr 


Dean Fetterhoff 



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entonam 

Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 



BALL, James. Sunday evening, Jan. 
3, a memorial service was conducted 
for James Ball, an active member of 
Los Altos Brethren choir and a mem- 
ber of the Berean Sunday-school class. 
Jim was killed, along with his father, 
in a robbery at their sporting goods 
store on Dec. 26. Jim's fine tenor 
. voice was a mainstay in much of the 
choir's work. His untimely death 
leaves a big void in his immediate 
family and his church family. Donald 
Shoemaker, pastor. 

HECKMAN, MERL, 85, was pro- 
moted to glory on Jan. 7. He was a 
long-time member of the Sidney (Ind.) 
Grace Brethren Church. A. Rollin 
Sandy, pastor. 

SANDERS, Mrs. Manola, 11, a 
faithful soul winner and member of 
the Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
Church, went to be with her Lord on 
Dec. 31. Mrs. Sanders had the unusual 
experience of being born, spending the 
years of her married life and dying— all 
in the same house. She was the mother 
of Kenneth Sanders. Scott Weaver, 
pastor. 

WMin 9 BeiL 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Cynthia Wise and William Malone, 
Sept. 5, 1970, Grace Brethren Church, 
Washington, Pa. 

Charlene Bess and Jan Brumbaugh, 
Dec. 19, 1970, Winona Lake Brethren 
Church, Winona Lake, Ind. The cere- 
mony was performed by the father of 
the bride, Dr. Herbert Bess, assisted by 
Pastor Charles Ashman. 

Johanna Uphouse and Ah/in Sie- 
bert, Dec. 19, 1970, at Benson Chapel, 
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, 
Calif. Dr. Norman Uphouse, father of 
the bride, officiated at the ceremony. 

Joan Bunch and Harold Gandy, 
Dec. 24, 1970, Leon Brethren Church, 
Leon, Iowa. 

Mrs. Norma Pritchett and Dr. John 
C. Whitcomb, Jr., Jan. 1, 1971, Win- 
ona Lake Brethren Church, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 




More than 12,300 packed general sessions at Urbana '70 in the Assembly Hall, University of 
Illinois. Photo by Urbana '70/COMPRO. 

URBANA, ILL. Probably the largest student religious gathering in American 
history-more than 12,300 registered, at the Ninth Inter-Varsity Missionary Con- 
vention at the University of Illinois, Urbana. 

As this group met, the number one question in the minds of many was 
whether or not the student revolt and campus radicalism would have any effect 
on the convention. 

Would there be demonstrations by dissident students? 

At the conclusion of the four-day conclave it was clear that student unrest 
raised scarcely a ripple at Urbana '70. Startling— considering that nearly every 
segment of the population was represented. The over 12,300 registrants included 
students, pastors, missionaries, nurses, faculty, military and Inter-Varsity staff. 
There were 48 states represented and 72 countries. 

The basic purpose of the convention was to engage students in God's world- 
wide plan for the church. Students were as eager as ever to learn about that plan 
from Scripture. Also, they wanted to know what mission-sending agencies had to 
offer toward fulfilling that plan. 

After the Sunday night assembly the registrants were divided into small 
groups, providing for real personal involvement. It appeared that students got 
what they went for, and that most were interested in the relationship of Jesus 
Christ to their own lives and the world. 

Some became Christians at Urbana. Some discovered a life direction toward 
missions. Most grappled daily with the question, "What is God's will for me?" 

The concern for involvement by the youth of today in missions was shown by 
those from Grace Schools who participated in the convention, and came away 
with the conviction that the story of Jesus and His love must be the theme for 
the Seventies. 

The result of this convention: a reflection of the great diversity of our day, 
sharply outlined by the unity of believers in Jesus Christ. 



MEXICO CITY. "In January we be- 
gan a Child Evangelism training pro- 
gram for our young people. A recent 
convert testified: '. . . it was as though 
a veil of darkness had been lifted from 
my eyes and I could see clearly for the 
first time.' " Missionary, Phillip 
Guerena. 



THE SOUTHERN OHIO DIS- 
TRICT executive committee has noted 
a prayer need for Pastor Everett Caes 
of Vandalia, Ohio, who has been 
hospitalized for three weeks, thereby 
incurring a sizable amount of expense. 
Some churches have felt led to be of 
assistance in this time of need. 



February 6, 1971 



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You Can Live 
Above Envy! 



By Leslie B. Flynn 



Why do we envy others? Because 
some area they possess greater eminence 
or excellence than we. 

Envy is a backhanded compliment. Its 
presence tacitly admits inferiority. Some- 
one said, "You have to be little to be- 
little." Reluctantly envy reveals, "I'm not 
up to you. You're a better soloist. You're 
a prettier woman. You're a more per- 
suasive salesman. You're a more efficient 
pastor." 

Many a church member has chafed in 
envy because someone else was selected 
chairman of a committee, or emcee of a 
banquet, or deacon, or elder. Students 
have been known to react with sarcastic 
bitterness against fellow-students who 
made the honor roll they missed. 

As the favored son, his status openly 
proclaimed by the coat of many colors, 
Joseph became the object of envy (Gen. 
37:4). So have many class presidents, star 
athletes, leading actors, beauty queens 
and recipients of honorary degrees. 

The Pharisees' love of prominence 
helped rouse jealousy when Jesus came 
on the scene out-teaching and out-; 
performing them. They wanted the honor 
He was receiving, bemoaning, "Behold, 
the world is gone after him." We try tJ 
blow out the other fellow's light when it 
shines more brightly than our own. 

All envy has not been confined to the 
first century. A missionary in Panama re- 
cently related that when a new group of 
believers was offered a piece of land on 
which to build a chapel, the folks in 
whose home the church was currently 
meeting objected. Underlying reason for 
the objection according to the mission- 
ary—these folks "believed they would not 
be the big 'I' in the work if we built on 
land not owned by them." 

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A mother of four was talking about 
her neighbor who had eight children. 
"She's amazing! Her house is always 
neat as a pin; she's a wonderful cook 
and does her own sewing. Her children 
are polite and well-behaved. She is 
active in PTA, and helps with the 
Brownies and is a den-mother for the 
Cub scouts. She is pretty and has loads 
of personality. She makes me sick!" 

When someone can do something 
better than we, we may envy them for 
their performance. Or we may envy 
them for something we cannot do. Be- 
cause Leah had given birth to four 
sons, the barren "Rachel envied her 
sister" (Gen. 30:1). 

Psychologists tell us that the domi- 
nant emotion of children suffering 
from physical defects is that of jeal- 
ousy. Seeing friends play sports the de- 
formed or sickly child is plagued with 
envy. He feels cheated out of a normal 
body, potentially resentful, bitter, 
lonely. Fortunately most conditions 
can be at least partially restored during 
the first five years of life before the 
child enters school where he would ex- 
perience the greatest mental and social 
reaction. 

The newspaper pictures a neighbor 
and his wife on a Caribbean island, en- 
joying a winter vacation mid sun and 
warmth. The reader momentarily 
stabbed with envy, may wish the 
island would be hit by a hurricane or 
tidal wave, or disappear into the 
ocean. Why should they loaf on 
tropical beaches for four winter weeks 
while all the vacation he gets is two 
weeks in the summer. 

A lady who lived alone was piqued 
because her neighbors had not invited 
her to join them on a picnic. However, 
on the morning of the outing the 
neighbors asked her to come. "It's too 
late," she snapped, "I've already 
prayed for rain." 

Sometimes the evil envy the right- 
eous. Why did Cain kill Abel? "Be- 
cause his own works were evil, and his 
brother's righteous" (I John 3:12). 
Divine acceptance of Abel's blood 
offering drew the envy of Cain whose 
offering, though doubtless beautiful to 



Leslie B. Flynn, D.D., is a pastor in Hanuet, 
N.Y. Tfiis address, given at Conservative 
Baptist Tlieological Seminary in Denver. 
Colo., has been copyrighted by the Conser- 
vative Baptist Press and is used with permis- 
sion. 



behold, was rejected by the Lord. 

Strangely, not only have the bad 
envied the good, but the good have 
envied the evil. The Psalmist warns 
". . . neither be thou envious against 
the workers of iniquity" (Ps. 37: 1). 

Moving into a classy neighborhood, 
a wife was so ashamed of her furniture 
that she smeared the picture window 
with Bon Ami, not washing it off until 
a new set arrived. How easy for her 
pride, lacerated at the inferiority of 
her furniture, to spring into envy at 
neighbors with lavishly decorated in- 
teriors. Socrates called envy the 
daughter of pride. 

Pride is basically competitive. Sub- 
jection to secondary spot may cause 




We try to blow out the 

other fellow's light when 

it shines more brightly 

than our own. 



hurt pride to lash out at the person at 
the peak. A husband complained that 
his wife always captured the limelight 
in social gatherings. If she wasn't play- 
ing the piano, she gathered others 
around her by her sparkling conversa- 
tion. Perhaps the wife needed some 
help for her over-desire for attention. 
Likely the husband's jealousy could be 
explained by C. S. Lewis' observation, 
"We dislike the big noise at the party 
because we want to be the big noise." 
Bacon wrote, "Those are most subject 
to envy which carry their fortune in an 
insolent and proud manner." 



In modern usage envy and jealousy 
are frequently synonymous. Technical- 
ly, a distinction exists. Let us pause in 
our dissection of envy's ingredients to 
note this difference. 

Some jealousy is justifiable. Warn- 
ing against idolatry Jehovah said, "I 
the Lord thy God am a jealous God" 
(Exod. 20:5). The Lord will not take 
second place in our interests, rightfully 
jealous of His prerogative of first claim 
in our lives. Likewise a husband can be 
legitimately jealous over his right to 
exclusive devotion of his wife. 

However, most jealousy is unjustifi- 
able, creeping too easily into Christian 
circles: the pastor who cannot accept 
the possibility that his assistant may 
out-preach him; the veteran organist 
who cannot bear the thought that a 
newcomer to the church may play as 
well as she; the deacon who doesn't 
wish to give up his office to that 
capable gentleman who was a deacon 
in the church from which he just 
came. Like envy, jealousy involves 
potential inferiority and wounded 
pride. 

Some dictionaries list covetous and 
envious as synonyms. Though related, 
they differ. We covet things; we envy 
people. Covetousness usually precedes 
envy. Covetousness longs for another's 
possessions. Unless checked, this 
covetousness results in envy stabbing 
out at the owner of the objects we 
covet. 

Covetousness and envy often co- 
exist but usually one predominates. If 
our desire focuses on the acquisition 
of position, power, prestige, money, 
achievement or pleasure, covetousness 
is the main element in our pre- 
occupation. When Judas sold the 
Master for thirty pieces of silver, 
covetousness was his downfall. But if 
our feeling is aimed at the person pos- 
sessing these coveted items, envy is the 
principal component. When the 
Pharisees delivered Jesus to Pilate, 
though coveting His power, popularity 
and accomplishments, the dominant 
factor was envy striking out at His 
person. 

Abasement at another's superiority 
need not lead to envy. It may stir to 
emulation. A person who says, "I envy 
you. I wish I had what you have. But 
I'm glad for your sake," misuses the 
word envy. Genuine envy involves ill 
will, whereas the preceding remark ex- 
presses only good wishes. If acknowl- 



February 6, 1971 



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edgement of another's superiority 
leads to harder work for greater suc- 
cess to equal or surpass this friend 
with no wish or intent to downgrade 
him, this is permissible emulation, not 
poisonous envy. 

Ambition to forge ahead is not 
wrong. Emulation is a noble trait, con- 
sisting in imitation of something excel- 
lent, scorning to fall short of the copy. 
However, in striving to outdo it, emu- 
lation doesn't malign or depress its 
copy, but puts the emphasis on per- 
fecting itself. Emulation inspires man 
to noble endeavor, to make himself 
useful and as accomplished as possible. 

Change one letter, and zealous be- 
comes jealous. How easy for emulation 
to gearshift into envy. If in a race a 
runner finds a rival passing him, tries 
to jostle or trip him, honorable rivalry 
has been replaed by contemptible con- 
duct in the athiete who is no longer 
zealous but jealous. An old English 
poet put it, 

Envy, to which the ignoble mind 's a 
slave 

Is emulation in the learned and 
brave. 

Pat had a deep-seated grudge to- 
ward Mike. In waking hours he was ob- 
sessed with how to add to Mike's 
woes. One night an angel appeared to 
Pat, offering him whatever he wished. 
The angel added, "You should know 
this— whatever you ask will be given 
you. But twice of the same thing will 
be given Mike." 

After a moment's pondering Pat 
asked, "You mean that if I ask for a 
Cadillac I will get it, but Mike will 
have two just like it?" The angel said 
yes. 

"If I ask for a mansion, Mike will 
get two mansions?" Pat continued. 
The angel nodded. 

"Then," said Pat, "I know what I 
want, I wish to be blind in one eye." 

Sympathy makes us "Rejoice with 
them that do rejoice, and weep with 
them that weep" (Rom. 12:15). Envy 
reverses this practice, making us re- 
joice when others weep, and weep 
when others rejoice. Envy is that nasty 
feeling of gratification when you learn 
that your neighbor's new car had its 
front fender dented, or that their new 
appliance has some defect, or that 
their business isn't doing so well, or 
that their brilliant child failed to win a 
scholarship. 

Even if we do sympathize with 



friends in their sorrows, envy makes it 
difficult to exult with them over their 
successes. The girl who learns that her 
friend has been scarred in an accident 
can ache in sympathy. But if she hears 
that her friend has been selected 
homecoming queen, an honor which 
she herself coveted, her congratu- 
lations may have a hollow ring. 

Envy basely withers at another's 
joy. The envious man feels others' 
fortunes are his misfortune; their 
profit, his loss; their blessing, his bane; 
their health, his illness; their promo- 
tion, his demotion; their success, his 
failure. Phineas Fletches said of envy. 




Strangely, not only have 

the bad envied the good, 

but the good have 

envied the evil. 



"Sick of a strange disease, another's 
health." 

Often people consider sins of the 
flesh like adultery and drunkenness as 
more heinous than sins of the spirit 
like pride and envy. Such classification 
is a radical miscalculation. In reality, 
sins of the spirit are more serious. No 
sin of the flesh put Christ on the cross. 
Rather. Pilate "knew that for envy 
they had delivered him" (Matt. 
27:18). 

More than one New Testament 
passage ranks the envious person with 
the debauched and the drunkard 
(Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:21). The medi- 
eval divines recognized the severe 



wickedness of envy when they 
counted it among the seven deadly 
sins, second only to pride. Recognized 
traditionally as a part of moral theolo- 
gy, the seven deadly sins give structure 
to Dante's Purgatory which follows 
their order, and are discussed in 
Chaucer's Parson's Tale and in Mar- 
lowe's Doctor Faustus. In his essay on 
envy Francis Bacon calls it the "vilest 
and the most depraved affection, the 
proper attitude of the devil, who is 
called the Envious Man, that soweth 
tares among the wheat by night." 
Envy has been termed "the four- 
lettered demon." 

But because not a gross fleshly sin, 
but rather slinky and subtle, envy can 
conceal itself under the guise of friend- 
ship, visiting in peoples' homes, dining 
with them, chumming with them, and 
all the time envying them. Or it can 
worm its way into church with little 
trouble. If someone suffers a temper 
tantrum in church, everyone around 
gets the benefit. If you envy, your 
closest neighbor need not know. The 
fellow who staggers into church drunk 
advertises his inebriation. But someone 
could envy repeatedly during a church 
service, during hymn, prayer, Bible 
reading, choir number and sermon, 
and not a single soul would be the 
wiser. 

Because so subtle, envy is often 
found in the Lord's work. Jealousy in 
the Corinthian church drew Paul's re- 
buke. One noted revivalist said that 
among the half-dozen outstanding 
lessons he came to learn was this sad 
truth— even in Christian work "ef- 
fectiveness of service usually meant 
envy and opposition on the part of 
some." 

How easy to envy! No one need en- 
roll in a school to master envy, which 
springs from the unregenerate human 
heart as weeds on a lawn. Paul de- 
scribes fallen man as "full of envy" 
(Rom. 1:29). 

How we need to live above envy! In 
his probing way revivalist Charles Fin- 
ney wrote, "Look at the cases in 
which you were envious of those you 
thought were above you. Have you not 
so envied some that you had been 
pained to hear them praised? It has 
been more agreeable to you to dwell 
upon their failure than upon their suc- 
cess. Be honest with yourself, and if 
you have harbored this spirit of hell 
repent deeply before God." # 



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With Dedication 



Webster indicates that dedication is 
the act of committing to. To what? 
F"r completion of thought, this de- 
mands an object (what or whom). 
Thus considering the abundant life in 
Christ, we find that . . . 

Dedication Is A Personal Matter 

The object of our dedication should 
be the person of Jesus Christ. To get 
sidetracked into giving priority to the 
church, the cause of Christ, Christian 
service, or even to the approval of 
other Christians is to miss the mark. 
We need constantly to be reminded 
that He must have the preeminence 
(Col. 1:18). 

The subjective side of Christian 
dedication is equally personal. While 
we should be giving our time, our tal- 
ents, our money, and so forth, these 
are all secondary to that essential 
presentation of ourselves to the Lord. 

Thus dedication is strictly a 
person-to-person affair; a matter of the 
heart. The outward manifestations 
which follow are the result of this 
dedication, not its substance or sub- 
stitute. 

Dedication Involves Submission 

To be committed is defined as 
"transferring to a superior power." 
Three aspects of this implied sub- 
mission in the Christian realm have 
become increasingly clear to this saved 
sinner. 

First, submission is not a passive 
thing. The only part of us that is sup- 
posed to lie down and die is the flesh. 
Paradoxically that part wants to get up 
and go. The resultant struggle is an ex- 
tremely active contest, which the 
believer cannot win in his own 
strength (Rom. 7-8). However, the 
New Testament does not use verbs like 
walk, run, flee, fight, ask, seek, study, 
strive, go and tell to encourage a 
"give-up" type of surrender. Submis- 
sion is not a lack of action, but a re- 
direction of action. 



By Mrs. Joseph Beach 



Second, Christian submission is a 
growing thing (or it should be). There 
is no "instant" dedication. A bride 
does not receive a neatly gift-wrapped 
lifetime of successful marriage on her 
wedding day. She is now committed to 
the one she loves, but the successful 
product of a happy marriage will be 
the result of day-by-day effort. Like- 
wise, though redemption is ac- 
complished the moment the sinner 
accepts Christ, life is lived and victory 
is won on a day-by-day basis. The 
Apostle Paul said, "I die daily." He 
also said, "That I may know him." As 
we learn to know Christ more fully. 
He will reveal additional areas where 
we need to submit. 

Third, Christians need superior 
power to enable them to submit suf- 
ficiently in order to experience true 
dedication. Christ said, "without me 
ye can do nothing," but He also gave 
the assurance that if we ask anything 
in His name, He will do it. In Acts 1:8 
He promised the disciples that when 
the Holy Spirit came, they would re- 
ceive power. Ephesians, chapters 4 and 
5 describe the worthy walk and work 
of the believer in the power of the 
Spirit. 

Dedication Produces Results 

In I Kings 8, we read of the dedi- 
cation of the temple by Solomon, and 
the placing of the Ark of the Covenant 
within the temple. The ark was sym- 
bolic of the presence of God. Note 
that following the placement of the 
ark and the dedication of the temple, 
"the glory of the Lord . . . filled the 
house." 

What a picture for the believer 
whose body is likened to the temple of 
the Holy Spirit! 

The Bible gives us examples of 



living temples that glowed. When 
Moses came down from the mountain, 
after being in the presence of God, his 
face shone to the extent that the chil- 
dren of Israel were afraid to come near 
him ; he put a veil over his face until he 
finished speaking to them (Exod. 34). 

When Stephen stood before the 
council prior to his stoning, we are 
told that those assembled beheld Ins 
face as the face of an angel. 

If our temples are fully dedicated, 
we may not literally shine, but the 
glory of the Lord will abundantly fill 
our lives and radiate out to reach 
others. 

It will not be the same for all of us. 
Peter preached and won three thou- 
sand souls. The little boy gave his 
lunch. The widow gave her mite. An- 
drew found his brother. Mary broke 
the alabaster box of ointment to wipe 
the Lord's feet in a gesture of devo- 
tion. Joseph of Arimathaea gave a 
tomb. Cornelius feared God and was 
faithful in prayer and almsgiving and 
God used him as a channel to help 
Peter learn that salvation was for 
Gentiles as well as Jews. 

How wonderful that we do not 
have to be carbon copies of anyone 
else! The unique aspect of God's plan 
for each of us as individuals is a thrill- 
ing provision. 

To fully dedicate ourselves to 
Christ, to allow the Holy Spirit to live 
the abundant life through us is the 
goal and task of a lifetime. God help 
us to do our part so that He may do 
His! 

Lord, I yield myself to Thee, 

All I am or hope to be 

Now and through eternity. 

With Thy spirit fill me. 

Oswald J. Smith » 




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Mrs. Joseph Beach 



February 6, 1971 



17 



Third in a series on the WMC 
1970-71 Birthday Missionaries 



"Faith"? What is it? It was an un- 
known theological term to a little girl 
who continually lacked the assurance 
of her salvation. True— her mother had 
told her that she had trusted Christ as 
her Saviour when she was only four. 
But night after night little Margaret 
felt compelled to pray: "Dear Jesus, I 
love You and I want You to be my 
Saviour. If 1 didn't mean it when 1 said 
it before, I really mean it now." A few 
days would pass, and then she would 
think, "Did I really mean that last 
prayer?"— and the process would be re- 
peated. It was not until many years 
later when during high school she took 
a personal evangelism course offered 
by Youth for Christ in preparation for 
being a YFC counselor, that the verses 
she was learning in order to help 
others became a reality in her own 
heart. 

Actually, faith has played a large 
part in Margaret Hull's life from the 
time of her birth when her parents 
were in home-mission work. She says: 
"Even then God was preparing the 
way for my own later walk of faith as 
we had to wait upon Him to supply 
the needs of a poor preacher's family. 
It was a very important matter which I 
had later to prove for myself— that 
God does care for His children." 

Further, "I believe," says Margaret 
Hull, that "the decision to walk by 
faith in Christ is not one decision, but 
many, and as we decide correctly at 
each of these times, our faith grows 
stronger and we grow more in 
Christ. ... It gets right down to this: 
do you believe God can do what He 
chooses to do." 

Born in Knott County, Kentucky, 
Margaret is the third in a family of 
four children, a sister and a brother 
preceded her arrival. "I suppose we 
were underprivileged as we grew up 
there in the hills," she says, "but we 
didn't know it. And I think we were 



Her 

Life 

Is His 

By Marcia Wardell 



highly privileged in many ways." Her 
parents were affiliated with the Scrip- 
ture Memory Mountain Mission and 
the family lived in Kentucky until 
Margaret was eleven, when they moved 
to Phoenix, Arizona, to take up work 
with the Bible Club Movement. 

Margaret's high-school years in 
Phoenix included extra-curricular 
activities in Youth for Christ, Bible 
quizzing, personal evangelism, and 
Scripture memory work whereby she 
earned a free trip to camp each year. 
At summer camp after her junior year 
of high school, something happened 
which Margaret cannot forget. She re- 
lates: "I don't remember what the 
message was about that one night, nor 
even if it was the message itself which 
gripped my heart, but never before 
had I so realized Christ's personal love 
for me and the necessity of response 
from my own heart. I saw Him as the 
suffering Saviour and it seemed that 
my heart would break from love of 
Him. I have never forgotten. ... I 
think it was then that my personal 
love for Him really began. Though 
there were later periods of rebellion, 
that night I realized I owed my life to 
Him and it was His privilege to direct 
it. All which has come to pass in my 
life since then has been because of that 
decision." 

While in nurses training at Good 
Samaritan School of Nursing, she was 
also involved in Christian activities- 
first as student body chaplain and later 
as a leader in the Nurses Christian Fel- 
lowship. During this time she became 
acquainted with and a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Phoenix. 
Two years after she received her 
nursing diploma she earned her B.S. in 
Nursing from Grace College. 

Though desiring to enter missionary 
service in obedience to the Lord's 
command, Margaret was not sure of 
the board under which she should 




Miss Margaret Hull 

serve. The following year, while she 
attended the Biola School of Mission- 
ary Medicine in Los Angeles, God gave 
her peace of mind about serving Him 
in Africa with the Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society. Her course was 
finished in the spring of 1964, she re- 
ceived her appointment during 
national conference that year, and 
several months later she was on her 
way to the Central African Republic. 
She studied both French and Sango 
after her arrival on the field, and has 
been stationed at the Medical Center 
since that time. 

"I try to believe in God for every- 
thing (although sometimes I forget!)," 
says missionary nurse Margaret Hull. 
"Back in my first year on the field, 
when I was just a beginner in making 
bread, I used to be laughed at for 
sometimes uttering the prayer, 'And, 
dear Lord, please make the bread rise.' 

"But there's nothing too small for 
Him, nothing too large. Like here in 
Bangui where I am today. I had to 
take the car to the garage this morning 
because it overheats. We all knew what 
was wrong; the radiator was full of 
grass seeds and that kept the air from 
getting to the water and cooling it. To 
remedy the situation the radiator has 
to be taken off and submerged in an 
acid bath for several hours until the 
seeds dissolve. We were hoping to leave 
for Boguila early tomorrow morning. 
So, when I took the car in, I told the 
man in my best French that if he 
could not get it done today, I did not 
want him to work on it at all because I 
wanted to leave early tomorrow. He 
said he would try. Gilbert (Aellig) told 
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What a strange title! Why should 
you understand your preacher's wife? 
Isn't it her job to understand you? 

Yes, you are right. It is her posi- 
tion, her place; and she is trying her 
best to fulfill that responsibility. But 
let us look at her position. She needs 
understanding too! 

First of all, she is not only the wife 
of your congregation's pastor, but she 
is also your preacher's wife. Besides 
that awesome combination, she is the 
mother of the preacher's kids! How 
would YOU like that responsibility? 

She not only hears your problems, 
she hears her husband's problems. She 
is also trying to raise several little 
youngsters so they won't be problems. 
Chances are she is bearing the heaviest 
part of the burden of raising those 
youngsters because her husband is 
busy working with your children. 

More than likely, her husband is 
seldom home except for mealtime be- 



cause of the press of the church work. 
That leaves Mrs. Preacher completely 
in charge of the PK's all day. She it is 
who sees that the youngsters practice 
their music lessons, do their home- 
work, say their prayers, memorize 
their Scripture verses, do their Sun- 
day-school lessons, get to bed on time 
at night. 

When you consider that the phone 
rings in the parsonage on the average 
of twenty times a day, you must 
realize that answering the phone alone 
is a job. Then, remember, each caller 
has a reason for calling, for which Mrs. 
Preacher has to come up with an 
answer— be it information, directions, 
advice or consolation. 

Wrap these calls around a day of 
housework, the usual clothes washing 
and meal cooking, plus most likely a 
service to attend at night, and you 
have quite a schedule. Not only the 
church services have to be attended. 



Un de rsta n ding 

Your 
Preachers 

Wif* 



she goes alone to school functions, 
band concerts and recitals, so the chil- 
dren won't feel their parents aren't 
interested. 

One of the hardest things a minis- 
ter's wife has to do is to fulfill Romans 
12: 15, "Rejoice with them that do re- 
joice, and weep with them that weep." 
Sometimes in a large church a pastor 
and his wife are called on to minister 
to brethren in deepest sorrow; and 
then in the same day, to attend a wed- 
ding with all its fun and feasting. That 
is hard on anyone. 

Remember, your preacher's wife 
doesn't just go to the funerals she 
"feels" like attending, she goes to 
them all. This can number quite a few 
over a year's time. And no doubt be- 
fore she went, she prepared a dish of 
food for the bereaved family. 

Along with these few extra duties, 
she feeds traveling preachers and mis- 
sionaries, many times without notice. 
If the meals were counted up, most 
parsonages would average well over the 
hundred mark extra a year. 

Another difficult thing for a 
preacher's wife is that she must not 
have a close friend in the congregation. 
Of course, many women would love to 
be her close friend; but in her position 
she doesn't dare let her hair down to 
anyone. How would you like to be 
without a close friend? for a woman, 
(Continued on page 21) 



By Marjorie Brumme 




February 6, 1971 



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FOLLOW YOUR MISSIONARIES 



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your missionaries 
over-sea-s 



Missionary 
El Very uiker e 



Enthusiasts 




The David Shargels have been on the field (Bossangoa) in the Central 
African Republic since last summer and find their study of the Sango 
language a real challenge. They will soon find out how proficient they are 
with it as they look forward in March to moving to Bozoum at the Bible 
Institute. 

The youngest member of the Shargel family, Daniel, is now seventeen 
months old. He is walking and is beginning to babble in a strange language, 
perhaps a composite of the ones he hears around there! 

Dave and Cheryl ask that you pray, not only for your missionaries 
there, but for the local churches and pastors and the many converts result- 
ing from the national campaign. 



HER LIFE IS HIS 

( Continued from page 18) 

me, 'Oh, they always say that, and 
then it takes twice as long as they say.' 
And so I prayed, 'Dear Lord, please 
help them to get the car done on 
time.' We went back to check at 3:30; 
it was not done. The garage closes at 
5:00. At 4:30 I went back again and it 
was done! We must trust Him in the 
small things as well as the big things." 
Back during the first months after 
she got into active nursing work on the 
field, Miss Hull wrote in a prayer 
letter: " 'Medical Center' has many 
other meanings, some of them special 
meanings just for me. It means happi- 
ness, being in the center of God's will 
for my life. It means fulfillment, being 
able to care for needy people in a 
physical way. It means satisfaction, 
being able to spend time with the 
patients, talking about the Lord 
Jesus. . . ." Now in the second year of 
her second term, she still finds that 
"happiness is" being right where she is, 
in the center of God's will. # 



MISSIONARY 



AFRICA 



BIRTHDAYS - APRIL 
MEXICO 



Mrs. Robert Williams April 1 5 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Suzanne Lynn Mensinger April 19, 1969 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke, via Bangui, Central 
African Republic 

Philip Edward Peters April 20, 1962 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Thomas Allen Peters April 28, 1959 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

ARGENTINA 

Rev. Solon W. Hoyt April 2 

c/o Hill Maconaghy, Quintana 353, Adrogue, F.C.G.R., 
Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A. 

Mrs. E. Nelson Fay April 6 

Corrientes 2, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, 
Argentina, S.A. 

BRAZIL 

Lois Esther Burk April 9, 1969 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

James Kevin Johnson April 19, 1956 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Mrs. Timothy Farner April 29 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

HAWAII 

Leilani Lou Tresise April 15, 1956 

95-303 Waioni Street, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786. 



Mrs. Phillip Guerena April 5 

Apartado 8-961, Mexico 8, D. F. Mexico. 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Mr. Thomas J. McDairmant April 7 

c/o D. D. Terry, 2504 Madrid Way S., St. Petersburg, 
Florida 33712. 

Calla Jean Cone April 24, 1965 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Kipling George Cone April 24, 1967 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Mrs. Raymond Davis April 27 

611 Walnut, Apt. 7, Long Beach, California 90812. 



FEBRUARY . . . 

LAST MONTH OF SPECIAL 
EMPHASIS FOR WMC GRACE 
SCHOOLS AND CHRISTIAN 
EDUCATION OFFERING 

OUR GOAL - $4,500 

Two-thirds of this amount will be for 
Video-recorder equipment for Grace 
Schools and one-third for the Brethren 
Student Life Volunteer program of the 
Christian Education Department. Give 
through your local WMC! 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



YOUR PREACHER'S WIFE 

(Continued from page 19) 

that is pretty rough. The preacher's 
wife's closest friend must only be the 
Lord Jesus Who can hear and under- 
stand her every problem. 

The preacher and his wife come to 
a new church. She is anxious to please. 
Everyone wants her to attend their 
group meeting— theirs is the most im- 
portant in the church. Pretty soon she 
finds herself zipping in and out of the 
house: Bible class in the morning, 
prayer meeting in the afternoon; the 
next day, missionary meeting in the 
daytime, prayer meeting at night; next 
day, maybe only an important coffee 
in the afternoon and prayer meeting at 
night (this is from actual experience). 

Soon her children are calling, 
"Mom, where are my socks?" "Mom, 
did you wash my gym clothes?" She 
finds herself wearily staying up nights 
to do the washing and leaving the iron- 
ing to pile up. The house is left un- 
cared for, all because she wants to 
please you. 

Is that your preacher's wife? It 
shouldn't be. Don't expect her to be 
able to fill a schedule you couldn't 
carry. 

Believe it or not, you will love her 
better if she isn't too active. In the 
churches in which the pastor's wife 
works the hardest— organizing and 
leading missionary groups, organizing 
girls' clubs, playing piano or organ, 
teaching Sunday school, perhaps work- 
ing at camp— often these churches will 
take her for granted and expect more. 

The churches in which a minister's 
wife has simply been Mrs. Preacher, 
doing only a few things but attending 
church services faithfully, seem to love 
and appreciate her the most. 

But because she isn't completely in- 
volved in every organization in the 
church doesn't mean she isn't spiritual. 
Her fellowship with the Lord is the 
prime strength of her life. The Lord 
intended for the preacher's wife first 
to minister to the needs of your minis- 
ter in order that he might better minis- 
ter to your needs. 

Pray for your preacher's wife just as 
often as you do for her husband. She 
longs for understanding and sympathy 
too. 

Reprinted by permission of the 
Regular Baptist Press. » 



WMC District News 



All Eyes on Florida! 




Florida is really on the map. We are 
alive, alert and doing business for the 
Lord in an expanding way. 

Florida District WMC was formed 
the years of 1966-67 under a capable 
president, Mrs. Herman Koontz. The 
bits of wisdom and wise guidance she 
gave will always be remembered. "She 
openeth her mouth with wisdom; and 
in her tongue is the law of kindness" 
(Prov. 31:26). 

During the few years of the Breth- 
ren Church in Florida, we have six 
churches with organized WMC's. With 
new testimonies being started, we are 
praying that the WMC may continue 
to expand its witness. 

There have been various projects in 
the district such as: contributing finan- 
cial aid to new district churches, help- 
ing the district quiz team to attend 
national conference, and assisting our 
president to meet some of her expense 
at national conference. 

Our future is bright. Our Lord is 
able. He blessed us with land on which 
to develop a youth camp. This project 
is big, but what better way to develop 
young lives for Him? 

We have progressed from having 
only one meeting a year to the present 



three fruitful meetings— district con- 
ference, fall rally and a day of prayer. 
Our program chairman in each case has 
done a tremendous service to the 
Lord in the planning of our programs 
and each church has most graciously 
cared for us. 

A highlight for me was the recent 
district day of prayer. We met in the 
Highlands State Park at Sebring. Those 
present were divided into four groups 
—two of the groups were in prayer 
while the other two were listening to 
tapes which were excerpts from An- 
drew Murray's book on prayer. This 
unique meeting was planned by our 
district prayer chairman, Evelyn May- 
cumber, and enjoyed by all. 

Keep your eyes on the Florida Dis- 
trict, for the Lord is going to do great 
things for His glory. Better yet— want 
to retire in a nice climate? 

We'll welcome you! » 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Ran- 
dall Rd., Elyna, Ohio 44035 
First Vice President (Proj. Chm.)-Mrs. Ralph 

Hall, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Second Vice President (Prog. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Phillip Simmons, 10600 S. E. 226th St., 

Kent, Wash. 98031 
Recording Secretary -Mrs. Gerald Kelley, 

Box 67, New Troy, Mich. 491 19 
Assistant Recording Secretary -Mrs. Dan 

Pacheco, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Robert 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, Ind. 46590 
Assistant to the Financial Secretary-Treasur- 
er-Mrs. Donald Sellers, Hi-Vu Mobile 

Court-Lot 36, Lexington, Ohio 44904 
Literature Secretary -Mrs. Charles Koontz, 

R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chairman -Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 

604 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, Route 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 467 1 1 
Assistant SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald 

Franks, 1513 Greenhill Dr., Warsaw, Ind. 

46580 



February 6, 1971 



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The exaltation and praise of the 
Lord in the singing of "psalms and 
hymns and spiritual songs" (Col. 3:16) 
has characterized the history of the 
New Testament church. Objectively or 
outwardly, the Church has used music 
to praise God for salvation and re- 
demption. Subjectively, music has 
stirred God's people to give themselves 
wholeheartedly to the task of spread- 
ing the good news of salvation. 

The great Swiss scholar, Ulrich 
Zwingli, said this about church music: 
"No teaching, no injunctions sink so 
deeply into the heart of man as does 
music." The power to emphasize the 
Wofd is almost unlimited through the 
means of music. Martin Luther be- 
lieved in the power of musical com- 
munication. He said, "Music is a divine 
revelation. I desire rather to see all the 
arts, and especially music, enlisted in 
the service of Him who gave and 
created them." Music is a creation of 
God and a true physical fact of divine 
revelation. 

In the ministry of music, we must 
remember that music is not an end in 
itself but rather a means to an end. 
Our use of music should result in the 
edification of those who hear and 
participate in its production. Aside 
from this basic objective, our music 
ministry becomes shallow and mean- 
ingless. It may arouse the curiosity of 
the hearer, but it will produce no last- 
ing benefit. 

In music, as in other areas of com- 
munication, we are dealing to some ex- 
tent with emotional responses. Some- 
one has said, "Music is the universal 
language of the emotions." This being 
true, we should endeavor to com- 
municate through music in such a way 
that we will generate the proper emo- 
tional response to the message being 
sung. When this happens, our ministry 
in music becomes purposeful and satis- 
fying as well as glorifying to the Lord. 

In the selection of hymns, we 
should have, first of all, a good work- 



ing knowledge of the material avail- 
able. It has been said that, next to the 
Bible, the hymnbook is the most 
valuable tool in the preaching of the 
Gospel. Therefore, we should familiar- 
ize ourselves with the hymnbook. An 
ignorance on the part of church lead- 
ers regarding good hymnody results in 
unwise selection. A broad knowledge 
of good hymns will produce more ef- 
fective musical communication. Know 
your hymnbook and you will be able 
to use it profitably. 

Second, look for continuity in your 
selection. Build your choice around a 
given subject, such as that of the mes- 
sage to be spoken. The dedicated 
musician recognizes that he is led of 
the Lord in his choice of hymns. In 
choosing the music for the programs 
of the Back to the Bible Broadcast, we 
regularly experience the evident lead- 
ing of the Lord. Often we do not 
know the precise content of a given 
broadcast programmed weeks in ad- 
vance, yet we see that the Holy Spirit 
has directed in choosing an appro- 
priate hymn. Your experience can be 
the same as you prayerfully commit to 
His guidance the selection of your 
hymns. 

Third, do not hesitate to use some 
new hymns if you believe they will 
meet a specific need. While familiarity 
produces a chord of response, and we 
should not overlook this fact, we 
should acquaint our people with good 
hymns, both traditional and con- 
temporary. 

A good song leader will familiarize 
himself with a new hymn before using 
it and thereby will be in a better posi- 
tion to lead his congregation in singing 
it. A good idea in using new hymns is 
to employ something new along with 
that which is more familiar. In this 
way, the musical communication of 
your service will not be lost by using 
music that is completely strange to 
everyone. In addition, you are con- 
stantly widening the appreciation of 



your people for good music and also 
allowing the music to be a blessing to 
many. 

Fourth, look at the lyrics of every 
song you choose. Even some well- 
known hymns have lines or whole 
verses that are theologically question- 
able. What about the music? Does it 
enhance the message? Is it singable? 
Will the hymn meet needs in the hearts 
of the congregation? If so, it can be 
used for blessing, even though it may 
be unfamiliar to some. 

It is always appropriate to begin the 
Sunday morning worship service with 
a hymn of praise or adoration. After 
this, your selection can move in any 
one of several directions. Depending 
on the subject matter of the message, 
hymns of testimony, comfort, de- 
votion or consecration can be used. 
Ask yourself, Is the hymn appropriate 
for this service? Does it say what I 
wish to convey? Choosing hymns at 
random or without a plan or purpose 
is inadvisable. The selection of hymns 
for a worship service demands the 
same care and thought as is exercised 
by the one preparing the spoken mes- 
sage from the Word. Too often the 
congregational songs are merely fillers 
for the program. As a result, the music 
fails to contribute to the proper 
atmosphere and continuity of the wor- 
ship service. 

In conclusion, may I emphasize 
that we should seek to glorify God in 
the selection of our hymns. Our 
hymns should lead those who sing 
them in the praise and worship of the 
Lord. We must be careful that our 
hymns communicate doctrinal truths 
consistent with the ministry of the 
Word. Finally, the singing of hymns 
should draw the Lord's people to- 
gether in a fellowship of worship, 
praise and testimony by "singing with 
grace in your hearts to the Lord" (Col. 
3:16). • 

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Good News Broadcaster, January 1971. 



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I don't know about you, but I'm 
fed up to here with the cacophony, 
Liberate Me! I've Been Mistreated! I 
Want Out! Nor are the sounds coming 
only from Women's Lib. Noises from 
the left, the right, dissident youth, 
minority groups, grumblings from 
majorities, deceptions of two-faced 
politicos, the bona fide cries of in- 
credible need— name it and there's 
noise. Granted obvious and some not 
so obvious inequities do exist, giving 
credence to the noises of discontent, 
wouldn't it be great, for a change, to 
be "deafened" by some creative si- 
lence? To be so busy working for that 
the cries to be freed from would die a 
natural death? All liberation from 
must mean creative freedom to be or 
do that which is higher or better than 
that from which we were loosed. 
Otherwise we find ourselves in a 
vacuum, a place of non-life where 
nothing exists. 

Let's think about liberation from a 
different stance. Rather than demand- 
ing some nebulous freedom for self, 
why don't we make a studied effort to 
liberate others. Oh, you don't shackle 
anyone? Are you sure? 

Are people free to love you? Not if 
you expect that love because of who 
or what you are. But if you give your- 
self—no strings attached— a whole new 
world of genuine love and respect will 
open to you. Liberate others to love, 
by yourself loving them, sometimes in 
spite of, rather than because of. Ad- 
mittedly, this is not always easy or to 



your liking, but the Bible says: 
". . . though I give my body to be 
burned, and have not love, it profiteth 
me nothing" (I Cor. 13:3). 

Are you critical of others in a de- 
structive way? Do you salve over an 
unkind judgment or criticism with 
"this is for your own good"? No, you 
dare not condone sin, any more in an- 
other than in self. Neither is it your 
prerogative to set up yourself as the 
example of what is or is not sin. Use 
the faultless criteria for both judgment 
and example, God's Word. 

When called on for an evaluation or 
opinion, be constructive. Gently point 
up weaknesses as you see them, con- 
sidering your response when tempta- 
tions batter you. Liberate to build an- 
other personality. It doesn't take any 
grace or creativity to destroy. 

Are you forgiving? Before answer- 
ing YES remember that to truly for- 
give means to completely forget. Now, 
can you still say YES? I have a rough 
time in this department. Just as soon 
as I think I've forgiven, a situation 
arises which "reminds" me of what I 
forgave last time. Somehow my for- 
giveness didn't liberate my antagonist 
from doing whatever previously re- 
quired forgiveness. So why use my 
psyche as somebody's foot mat in for- 
giveness? 

Honestly, I can't think of any 
personal answer to why I should for- 
give. There are times I'd just as soon 
tell my temporary enemy to jump in 
the lake and let me alone, but the 
Bible speaks to me. I'm to forgive 
seventy times seven! By that time it 
should be habitual, but when it isn't, I 
simply must go on forgiving. Surely 



my forgiving will liberate somebody, 
sometime from guilt. 

Are you a true liberator? You are if 
you sincerely want to free another to 
be what God wants him to be. Where 
do you find the desire and strength to 
loose men from bondage to sin and 
obligation to you? At God's throne 
through prayer. Personal, intimate, 
believing prayer to God through Jesus 
Christ will liberate loved ones, friends 
and self from the shackles of sin, and 
it is from sin that you need liberation. 
If nothing is impossible with God, why 
don't you work at liberating others 
and self from sin by faithful, un- 
ceasing, believing prayer? Don't knock 
it until you've tried it. 

Liberation must be from the in- 
ferior to the superior; from bondage to 
sin— to freedom in Christ. This, I sub- 
mit, is what true Liberation is all 
about. 

"Praying always with all prayer and 
supplication in the Spirit, and watch- 
ing thereunto with all perseverance 
and supplication for all [present-day] 
saints (Eph. 6:18). Talk about creative 
Liberation! » 




GRACE THEOLOGICAL 
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SIONS, EXPENSE 
INANCIAL AID 



Reflections By Still Waters 3 

Digging in Sandy Soil at St. Pete 4 

One Giant Leap for Maitland 6 

Something Like at Philippi 7 

A Church Full of Blessings 8 

They Came for the Night 11 

Church News 13 

Gringos in Mexico 15 

God Was Alive at Urbana 17 

Tax Exempt Status Is Safe 18 

Students Talk About Grace 20 

A Bunch of Spiritual Straws 23 

Alumni Giving Sets Record 24 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Pam Walters 

Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer NFGBM-Mr. Phil Landrum 



Cover Photo: Rev. Thomas Hammers caught this 
scene on film as an overnight hoarfrost garnished 
freshly fallen snow around McClain Hall. 

February 20, 1971 

Volume 33, Number 4 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



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SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethre 
Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price 
S4.00 a year, foreign, S5.00. Special rates to churches. 



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Thoughts on 
Contemporary 



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The task of communicating the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ to people is a 
basic command of God. The Great 
Commission tells us, "Go ye therefore, 
and teach all nations, . . . Teaching 
them to observe all things whatsoever I 
have commanded you: and, lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of 
the world" (Matt. 28:19-20). The 
commandment is clear, but then we 
come to that old problem— How? 

Let's talk about the work of how to 
communicate the truth and point up a 
problem which keeps coming back to 
plague us. When it comes to methods, 
they are as diverse as the individual 
Christian whom God has redeemed. 
Degrees of emphasis, individual per- 
sonalities, can make the same set of 
truths come out a bit different. The 
need of being relevant to our day has a 
great deal of effect on our use of 
methods. The cry of the past few years 
has been that the church is not rele- 
vant to our times. This is an accusation 
that I will accept only if it is qualified, 
for I believe that there is nothing more 
up to date than the truth and The 
truth is the Word of God. As we have 
attempted to update our methods we 
face the constant problem of how far 
to go. 

There are several areas where the 
updating of methods has attracted the 
most attention— for better or for 
worse— one is music. To pose the prob- 
lem, let me ask a question. "Is there a 
danger in stooping too low to com- 
municate?" The obvious answer is yes. 
Bending over to help is a very im- 
portant part of Christianity and always 
has been. We have a seeking God who 
has repeatedly stooped over to pick up 
fallen humanity. The prime example is 
the condescending of Jesus Christ to 



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take upon himself the form of man 
and then being willing to be a servant 
and the final step was His death for us. 
Yet in all of this lowering of himself 
He remained without sin. 

So the fact of changing methods is 
not our sole concern, it is to what ex- 
tent. In the realm of music we pick up 
the hymnal and find the wide range of 
style of communication. The old 
hymns of the church, followed by the 
good gospel songs and then by the 
choruses. This shows the ways we have 
manifested glory to God as times have 
changed. 

Contemporary music then moves 
into the realm of Christian activities, 
but here the problem arises. Is it neces- 
sary to follow the whole outline of 
what the world is doing so that we can 
say that we are being relevant? Must 
the church copy the world to prove 
that we know and understand what 
they are doing? The answer to me is 
no! If we think the church must con- 
form to the world to win them to 
Christ we are overlooking some truths 
of the Scripture. To become a child of 
God there is the need of turning from 
the world and turning to God. 

The church places itself in an un- 
tenable scriptural position when we 
must duplicate the world's efforts to 
win them. "Be not conformed to this 
world..." (Rom. 12:1-2), is good 
sound Biblical principle to use as a 
guiding star in determining policy. The 
genius of Christianity has always been 



By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

that it is different from the world and 
it calls the world to come to God and 
learn of a new and nobler life. The 
trend of the day is for the church to 
say, we will be a little like you if you 
will be willing to be a little like us. So 
then we show by our slightly tainted 
reasoning that we will go along with 
some religious words and let the world 
supply the beat— mostly rock. This is 
to prove that we are a very under- 
standing people and not really too 
unusual after all. So the beat of rock 
religious music increases, but the 
spiritual temperature hasn't shown 
much marked increase to date. 

There is a danger of stooping too 
low. And the problem becomes ap- 
parent when you cannot tell the differ- 
ence between the world and the 
church. Nothing is more Christian than 
the child of God lending the helping 
hand, lifting up the transgressors, and 
pointing them to God. Few things are 
more pitiful than Christians trying 
to be like the unsaved to show them 
that they are just "regular guys." Re- 
member when we must accept the ap- 
proach of the world we are saying that 
we have nothing better to offer. I am 
certain of one thing, we do have the 
answer. Therefore, let's stoop over far 
enough to be of help without con- 
forming. m 



February 20, 1971 



Digging 



in 



Sandy 

Soil 

at 

St. Pete 



By Rev. William Tweeddale 

Pastor, St. Petersburq. Fla. 




there is something exciting about 
the prospects of having a "brand new 
home of your own." This is especially 
true after you have rented and "lived" 
under circumstances that left much to 
be desired. It makes ground breaking 
one of the big days for a home-mission 
church. The Brethren here in St. 
Petersburg, Florida, have been looking 
forward to it since the purchase of a 
beautiful five-acre plot of ground. 

The beginning of a new year 
seemed like a logical time to begin a 
new church-building program. The 
time chosen was a bit different as it 
was a Wednesday evening rather than 
the "traditional" Sunday afternoon. 
The reason for this was to give our dis- 
tant district Brethren an opportunity 
to share in the blessing. The idea was 



successful and more than eighty 
people gathered at the site on January 
6, 1971. Among these were four 
couples from our former Lancaster 
(Pa.) church pastorate. 

The first one to dig in Florida's 
sandy soil was Mr. Marian Denlinger. 
Mr. Denlinger was God's advance man 
to start the "St. Pete" work. It was 
about four years ago that he initiated 
the starting of the church, and it was 
through his foresight that the present 
church location was made available. 

Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Koontz fol- 
lowed Mr. Denlinger. The Koontzes 
ministered to the group following their 
ministry at Maitland and prior to our 
coming to the field. The next to take 
their "turn" were the trustees: Mr. D. 
Lambert, Mr. J. Slater and then the 



pastor. Mr. Floyd Hartman, one of th 
pioneers, was also given the opportun 
ty to assist in the shovel ceremony. 

It was no coincidence that Si 
Petersburg was breaking ground th 
first week in 1971. God had mad 
available a building superintendent 
Mr. Lester Keyser, and he was on th 
location— ready to go. Mr. Keyser ha> 
just finished his work at Myerstowr 
Pennsylvania, where a new church wa 
dedicated just two weeks prior to thi 
event. So Mr. Keyser was given th 
shovel— ending the ground breaking 
but for him it was the beginning of 
lot of "ground work." 

The ground-breaking day was pre 
ceded by a record Sunday. On Januar 
3, the first Sunday of a new year, w 
had a new record of 100 crowded int 

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our small rented facilities. This exceed- 
ed by 30 our recent record attendance 
of 70. In addition to the Floridians our 
congregation is made up of families 
God has sent us from Ohio, Indiana, 
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and 
Washington, D.C. The best news of the 
day was the six boys and girls from 
our area who came forward to accept 
Christ as Saviour. Four of these came 
from Roman Catholic homes. This was 
a great climax to the beginning of a 
new year and we know it was even a 
greater day in the courts of heaven. 

God still answers prayer! We were 
having a difficult time getting any 
news coverage which is so essential in 
developing a new work. We made this 
a matter of specific and earnest prayer 
—praying for a Christian man to be 
employed on the local newspaper for a 
contact man. Three days later, God 
answered our prayer. A man from the 
Brethren church in Fremont, Ohio, 
called saying, "the Lord has led me to 
move to St. Petersburg." What was this 
man going to do in St. Pete? He was a 
newspaper man and is now working 
for the very paper we would use for 
this type of promotion. 

The Florida District has been a real 
help and encouragement. The district 
mission board met here the day of our 
ground breaking, therefore, every 
church in Florida had a representative 



present. 

The church building will be fi- 
nanced through our own Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation. It is really 
heartening to us the way Brethren 
people have invested funds designated 
for our church in the BIF. We have 
nearly enough designated for the en- 
tire building program. This is truly a 
blessing from the Lord. 

St. Petersburg is one of the fastest 
growing sections of our country and 
there is a need for a Bible-believing 
testimony here. God has sent, and we 



are praying He will continue to send, 
choice families to build this church. 

We encourage families moving to 
Florida or spending the winter here to 
consider St. Petersburg. We desire to 
see families right here in our church 
community reached for Christ and 
would appreciate your prayers on be- 
half of our ministry here. # 
(Editor's note: Read the following article 
about another Florida home-mission church 
that has been self-supporting just one year. 
Tlie Brethren Church is moving forward in 
Florida and keeping pace with a progressive 
state. Other new points are underway, j 




Rev. and Mrs. William Tweeddale turn a shovel full of sandy soil at the evening ground- 
breaking service 



The congregation stands in front of their current meeting place in a shopping center. 




February 20, 1971 






One Giant Leap 
for Maitland 



I he 
focused 
morning 
the first 



I he attention of the world was 
on Central Florida on the 
of July 16, 1969. Man, for 
time, was to begin a flight 
that would include a walk on the 
moon. Later that same day, a small 
group of believers met in Central 
Florida at the Grace Brethren Church 
of Maitland. Another launching, 
possibly more significant, was the sub- 
ject of careful discussion and earnest, 
wisdom-seeking prayer. A vote was 
taken. All systems reported, "GO." At 
12:01 a.m., January 1, 1970, we 
would "blast-off from The Brethren 
Home Missions Council launching pad 
and go into a self-supporting orbit. 

There was one big difference be- 
tween the launching of the moon rock- 
et and the Maitland church. The success 
of the moon launching depended on 
faith in man's ingenuity while the Mait- 
land church was depending on faith in 
an Almighty God. God graciously and 
wonderfully honored that step of 
faith. During the year there were 



By Rev. R. Paul Miller 

Pastor, Maitland, Fla. 



record highs in attendance: morning 
worship, 143; Sunday school, 123; 
evening service, 91 ; Wednesday "Share 
and Prayer," 60. Twenty-seven were 
received into our membership, repre- 
senting ten new families. 

Victories of faith were clearly seen 
in the financial records. In October, 
with a $350 deficit in the general 
fund, the pastor's salary was increased 
$ 1 per week. With only four Sundays 
remaining in 1970, the deficit had in- 
creased to more than S400. It was 
estimated that $1,600 would be 
needed to close the year in the black. 
On the closing Sunday, just two days 
following Christmas, $709 was re- 
ceived for the general fund, making 
over $1,900 for December. The total 
offering for the month was $2,500. 
The total income during our first year 



"on our own," was nearly $23,000. 
For further encouragement to keep on 
trusting Him in this new year, the 
Lord provided through His people an 
offering of $1,415 on the first Sunday 
of 1971. Praise His name! 

There have been other evidences and 
actions of faith. In July of 1970, an 
expansion fund was initiated to cover 
the cost of a new Sunday-school wing 
($35,000-$40,000). In the past 
eighteen months, the total indebted- 
ness has been reduced by more than 
$6,000. 

Christ said, "According to your 
faith be it unto you." Our faith 
measures the amount of blessings we 
receive from God. It is the condition 
on which He will do things for us. 
Faith is heaven's currency. 

To some, all of this may seem like 
just a small step, but to us, it was a 
giant leap of faith. We are glad we 
took it. How can we better please our 
loving heavenly Father? 




Rev. and Mrs. R. Paul Miller 



The one-year-old Maitland building 




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Something Like Philippi 



I he dedication of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Myerstown, Penn- 
sylvania, is another demonstration of 
what God is able to do with yielded 
people. In the spring of 1967, Mrs. 
Willis Bowman wrote and asked for a 
meeting on how to get a Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Myerstown. President 
William Tweeddale of the Northern 
Atlantic District Mission Board and I 
met with three families in a farm home 
shortly thereafter. We outlined the 
procedure for organization and start- 
ing a Bible class and saw all present 
dedicate themselves to this task. A 
temporary meeting place was found, 
and the Myerstown "dedicated few" 
expanded into a rapidly growing 
church. 

The months winch followed have 
recorded the stories of new contacts, 
souls saved, lives transformed and the 
additions of hungry families yearning 
for the truth. In these months a beau- 
tiful site of property has been pur- 
chased and paid for, a new 5100,000 
building has been located on that 
property and a congregation averaging 
140 in attendance has been estab- 
lished. The spirit of involvement of 
this people— in the building program, 
in attendances at all services, and in 
the ministry of the Word of God is a 
refreshing sight. The 477 who at- 
tended the dedication service agreed 
Jlwholeheartedly with Rev. Nathan 
I Meyer that we need to take our stand 
■ for the truth and propagate it in these 
i last days. 

Currently, we have inquiries on file 
! about prospects for new churches in 
jltwo areas in Pennsylvania; in the 
1 Buffalo— Niagara Falls area of New 
' York; two communities in Montana; 
Hemet, California; Jacksonville and 
J West Palm Beach, Florida; Longview, 

February 20, 1971 



By Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



Texas; Colby, Kansas; Niles, Ohio; and 
two areas in the Carolinas. These open 
doors present to the Brethren Church 
some of the most challenging oppor- 
tunities we have ever faced. Like the 
Apostle Paul, we stand in awe: "For a 
great door and effectual is opened 
unto me, and there are many adver- 
saries" (I Cor. 16:9). 

Dr. Luke reveals some practical 
principles for church extension in the 
account of the birth of the church at 
Philippi. First, it takes men with 
courage as Paul and Timothy to go 
from place to place building up and 
establishing isolated folks in the faith 
(read Acts 16:4-5). Second, it takes 
men with vision to believe God and to 
act upon the direction of the Spirit of 
God (read Acts 16:6-11). We cannot 
minimize the thrill that must have 
coursed through the minds of these 
men as they entered into the province 
of Macedonia, knowing "that the Lord 
had called us for to preach the gospel 
unto them" (Acts 16:10). This third 
principle indicates the excitement of 
the joy of being able to proclaim the 
good news of the Gospel to a new 
people. 

The writer of Acts carefully points 
out (in the fourth place) that at 
Philippi there were those who were ex- 
ercising faith in prayer: ". . . we went 
out of the city by a river side, where 
prayer was wont to be made;..." 
(Acts 16:13). Imagine, the glorious 
surprise to be in prayer and to have 
God send the Apostle Paul and Tim- 
othy to minister the Word. 

Fifth, in Philippi as in every field 



there are those whose hearts are hun- 
gry and who will yield themselves to 
Christ when His claims are presented. 
"And a certain woman named Lydia, 
. . . whose heart the Lord opened . . ." 
(Acts 16:14). So marvelous must have 
been the work of the Lord in this 
woman's heart that she readily opened 
her house as a place for the proclama- 
tion of the Gospel (cf. Acts 16:15 
with verse 40). 

Apparently, this tiny group of be- 
lievers continued to fellowship in this 
house as God continued His work in 
the hearts of others. The conversion of 
the Philippian jailor, his household, 
and we know not how many more 
through that demonstration of God's 
power marked the early history of this 
great church. No permanent work can 
be established for God unless those 
who hear will unite for the common 
purpose of the church, nor can we 
expect a church to be born apart from 
the blessing of God. Here then, are 
practical principles which can guide us 
in a master plan of church extension in 
these wonderful days of opportunity. 

The Apostle Paul commended this 
church (II Cor. 9:2-5) for its liberality 
and grace in giving. History tells us 
that it was a spiritual church and a 
great work for God. Seemingly, the 
outline of this procedure in Acts and 
the fact that the same Lord is still on 
the throne plus the glorious truth that 
Christ says. "I will build my church; 
and the gates of hell shall not prevail 
against it" (Matt. 16:18), ought to stil- 
us to activity in many new mission 
fields. What a privilege to be a part of 
God's work, the salvation of lost souls! 
It is our prayer that God may give the 
Brethren more modern day Pauls and 
Timothys, more Lydias and more 
Plulippis. W 



By Rev. Luke Kauffman 

Pastor, Myers town, Pa. 



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I he time was Sunday afternoon, 
December 20. Four hundred and 
seventy-seven people joined together 
to sing, "To God Be the Glory, Great 
Things He Hath Done." 

The sanctuary was filled to capacity 
with blessings. Among the blessings 
was the fantastic crowd which had 
gathered. The parking lot was over- 
flowing. God had done the impossible! 

Almost six months earlier, ground 
was broken to begin construction on 
the Grace Brethren Church of Myers- 
town. The congregation was not only 
told that it was impossible to conclude 
the construction in six months, but 
they were also informed that the cost 
would exceed $135,000. What should 
the church do? Already the Brethren 
Investment Foundation had com- 
mitted themselves to a maximum of 
$90,000. On top of these obstacles, 
the church could not find a builder. 
The Brethren Construction Crew was 
not available. It all looked impossible! 

Running parallel with the obstacles 
in construction, God was literally 
pouring out the blessings on this 
three-year-old congregation with an 
expanding membership and a mush- 
rooming church attendance. 

Three years ago twenty people met 
at the Keystone Fire Company in 
town to form the infant congregation. 
They had been directed by Rev. 
Nathan Meyer, a native of the area, to 
seek advice from The Brethren Home 

A rear view of the new structure at Myerstown. 



Missions Council, Inc., and the North- 
ern Atlantic District Mission Board. 
This they did. Rev. Roy Dice, Jr., 
from the Grace Brethren Church, 
Palmyra, was called as their interim 
pastor. Rev. Eugene Martin from the 
Grace Brethren Church, New Holland, 
consented to lead the church in their 
midweek services. God blessed under 
the ministry of these men. 

In the spring of 1969 the congrega- 
tion extended a unanimous call to 
Rev. Luke E. Kauffman to become 
their first full-time pastor. He accepted 
the call and moved to the field in July. 
Exactly twelve months later church 
construction began. 

Three weeks before construction 
was to begin, a breakthough came 
when Rev. Ralph Hall, the church de- 
signer, called to say that he had lo- 
cated a man in Oregon who would 
come to Myerstown to help build the 
church structure. Immediately the 
building committee recommended to 
the church that it enlist the service of 
Lester Keyser from Albany, Oregon, 
to be the job foreman. He agreed to 
come and the church moved him and 
his wife east. 

Mr. Lee Bashore, building commit- 
tee chairman, who is also a general 
contractor, volunteered his services to 
act as purchasing agent and to sublet 
his employees for the construction 
job. The congregation pledged all of 
the labor it could give. And together 





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Infants are dedicated to receive training in 
the way they should go at the Myerstown 
church. 

these three avenues united to save 
$40,000 in total building-fund costs. 

At the beginning of the infant con- 
gregation, Rev. Nathan Meyer was 
asked to be the dedication speaker 
whenever God would raise up a perma- 
nent building in Myerstown. One 
month after church construction be- 
gan, he was asked to suggest available 
dates for his being present for a dedi- 
cation service. He replied with just 
one: Sunday, December 20, 1970. 
This only gave a period of approxi- 
mately six months for construction. 
"Impossible," was the cry from every- 
one but the congregation. The church 
board unanimously voted to set the 
date for dedication on December 20. 

Exactly two weeks before Dedi- 
cation Sunday the building committee 
was served notice by local suppliers 
that the following items could not ar- 
rive until dedication was completed: 
( 1 ) all folding doors and partitions; (2) 
the wall coat racks; and (3) the rest 
room partitions and fixtures. With this 
alarming announcement the church 
was asked by its pastor to go to God in 
urgent prayer. Pray they did. By Satur- 
day before Dedication Sunday every- 




Special guests crowd the platform for the dedication service. 



thing had arrived and was installed. 
Praise the Lord! 

Yes, this church was full of bless- 
ings. The huge audience was a blessing. 
The building fully completed on time 
was a blessing. The speaker's schedule 
was a blessing. The savings in construc- 
tion costs was a blessing. The church 
was full of blessings. 

More blessings are already on the 



way, for attendance records have been 
broken successively during the first 
three Sundays in the new building. 
There are predictions that another 
building program could begin in the 
next eighteen months. During the last 
ten consecutive Sundays, God has con- 
sistently given public decisions. God is 
richly showering His church full of 
blessings! # 



A large junior choir provides a core of young potential. 




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By Isobel Fraser 

Messianic Testimony 



I hey came for the night and 
stayed for three weeks. And I am so 
glad they did! 

A surprise phone call in the middle 
of November informed me that Bob 
and Lenora Boone, very dear friends 
from my home church, First Brethren 
of Fort Wayne, Indiana, would be 
coming to California on a vacation and 
to visit relatives. This time I was as- 
sured they would visit me. 

They arrived at the mission on Fri- 
day, December 4, not sure how long 
they would stay; perhaps just over 
night. They did not want to be in the 
way. In the way! How gracious of the 
Lord Jesus to send them at this par- 
ticular season with unlimited time. 

December ascended on me with an 
overwhelming rush. So much to be 
done. Those "extras" do add joy and 
blessing to this precious season and 
open doors of opportunity but they 
also take time and strength. It might 
be the last minute, but I knew from 
past experience God always enables to 
accomplish everything. This year He 
sent help, which was especially needed 
now that I am on the field alone. 

Just what did they do? "Moron 
work," for one thing. That is what 
folding, stuffing, and stamping that 
can be done without thinking is called. 
It was my desire to send our monthly 
praise and prayer list in time for the 
15th, our denominational day of 
prayer. They made this possible. 

Mechanically there have been some 
improvements. My own refrigerator, 
located in the breakfast room, is now 
fulfilling its appointed task. It needed 
contact with an outlet. The electrical 
parts of the gas stove also are now 
being utilized. I had been having 
trouble with the kitchen faucet and 
thought a whole new fixture was 
needed. This has been remedied by the 
replacement of a small part, which has 
also made possible the use of the dish- 
washer again, and just in time for the 
Christmas activities. These will suffice 
to show that Bob's abilities were ap- 

February 20, 1971 




propriated. Besides this, he provided 
transportation for some of the Jewish 
people. It is handy to have a man 
around the house. 

Getting ready for Christmas affairs 
was easier and more enjoyable when 
shared with someone. Decisions, de- 
cisions. How nice to have another's 
ideas and suggestions on gifts for the 
Bible and blind classes— especially for 
the men. Lenora turned out to be a 
wonderful wrapper-upper and decora- 
tor. Hannukah and Christmas co- 
incided this year and decorations for 
both were put up. During our various 
meetings these were used to show the 
similarities between the two holidays 
and point to the Lord Jesus as the 
great Deliverer and the first Christmas 



gift. These truths were also shared 
with a group of junior high girls from 
our San Bernardino church who pro- 
vided a special musical program for 
our evening Bible class. 

Our holiday meetings began with a 
visit to the synagogue on Friday, De- 
cember 18, with a group of young 
people and their sponsors from Los 
Altos Brethren Church. They came 
through a terrific rainstorm for the 
occasion. First hand they learned of 
the Jewish celebration of Hannukah 
and also observed a bas mitzvah. The 
latter is a ceremony that a Jewish girl 
(bas) participates in when she becomes 
thirteen and assumes her place of re- 
sponsibility in Judaism. Though she 
participated in the prayers and the 



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readings in Hebrew, this young lady 
said she was a better artist than a 
speaker. Therefore, instead of a 
speech, she presented a breastplate 
that she had made to be placed on one 
of the scrolls in the ark of the syna- 
gogue. 

Following the service the group re- 
turned to the mission. Here again the 
Boones helped in serving the refresh- 
ments that they had earlier prepared 
for. A good discussion time followed, 
and it was after eleven o'clock before 
the group headed for home. It was a 
joy to find young people with such an 
interest in Jewish people and in reach- 
ing them with the Gospel. Several had 
already witnessed to Jewish friends. 

There was a sidelight to the attend- 



ance at the synagogue. Bob came 
home with the wrong coat. A bill in 
one of the coat pockets gave us the 
owner's name and we were able to ob- 
tain his phone number. He came to 
pick up his coat and return Bob's. In 
the short discussion about the bill as a 
lead to locating him, he told us his son 
would be playing for Stanford in the 
Rose Bowl game. Though he gave us 
no real opportunity to witness to him, 
he did accept a gospel tract. 

Christmas is special. Jewish people 
are attracted to the joy and happiness 
of this blessed season, even though 
they deny the One whose coming 
makes this joy possible. As we seek to 
make them conscious of their need to 
believe in Christ, we share the material 



joys. For the blind, it is a Christmas 
luncheon; and for the Bible class a few 
extras besides the usual coffee and—. 
Not only am I especially thankful for 
Lenora's culinary ability that added 
much to the success of the parties, but 
also to several WMC's. The Norwalk 
WMC sent a money gift that paid for 
most of the food extras for these 
meetings. The Westminster WMC ladies 
have made it an annual project to bake 
cookies for us. This year they sent 139 
dozen. These were not only used for 
our meetings during December but 
were boxed and given as gifts. 

Most important of all, spiritually 
the Boones' visit left an impact. Bob 
gave his testimony in song at a number 
of the meetings. Besides their contacts 
at the meetings, they visited a number 
of Jewish friends with me. By all they 
are warmly remembered. As one said, 
"How do you know such lovely 
people?" This gave opportunity to tell 
them that Jesus is the One who makes 
the difference. The question asked 
most often is, "Do you think they will 
come back soon?" I hope so! # 




ISN'T IT TIME 

YOU THOUGHT ABOUT 

YOUR FUTURE...? 



The future is a funny thing. It's past before you know it. In spite of its 
brevity there are many things a person can do with it. Take yours for 
instance. You can plan a future that's centered around yourself and 
your ambitions, or you can plan one that involves others. If you've 
planned a future that includes others, the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion would like to be part of it. The BIF needs your help. All around 
are Brethren churches which need financial aid. The foundation is 
anxious to assist, but without your participation it's limited in what it 
can do. Think about it. The Lord has given you your future .... Why 
not give part of it back to Him? 



BRETHREN INVESTMENT FOUNDATION, INC. 



BOX 587 



WINONA LAKE, IND. 46590 



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BOWLING GREEN, OHIO. Mr. Ed- 
ward Scofield, a senior at Grace Semi- 
nary, has accepted a call as pastor of 
the Good News Grace Brethren 
Church, but will of necessity be com- 
muting until his graduation from 
seminary in May. At the present, Ed is 
working for Mr. W. James McCleary, 
A.I. A., who serves as architectural con- 
sultant for the Brethren Architectural 
Service, and Mrs. Scofield is an em- 
ployee of the Christian Education 
Department, Winona Lake, Ind. The 
Scofields began their work for the 
Lord at Bowling Green on Feb. 1 . 

CHAPLAIN NOTES: U.S. Army 
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Burton Hatch is 
now Base Chaplain at Fort Rucker, 
Ala. 

Chaplain (Lt.) G. James Dickson, 
U.S. Navy, led the men of his Bible 
class in a threefold communion service 
on a barrel boat on the water of 
Guantanamo Bay. 

U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Charles 
Bearinger has completed over 500 
hours of flying by helicopter in Viet- 
nam. He says: "I must confess I am 
getting a little tired, but am still keep- 
ing busy. I enjoy my visits and field 
services at the remote support bases 
very much. I feel certain my last five 
weeks will be as much of a challenge as 
the first five were." 

CHANGES. All mail for the Mill 
Run Grace Brethren Church of West- 
ernport, Md., should be directed to the 
interim pastor, John Lancaster, 151 
Hill St., Frostburg, Md. 21532 or to 
the church secretary as listed in the 
Annual. Rev. and Mrs. Russell Wil- 
liams, 8809-E Salmon Falls Dr., Sacra- 
mento, Calif. 95823. Rev. and Mrs. 
Ord Gehman, 1777 Wellesley Dr., 
Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91360. Rev. 
and Mrs. Ward A. Miller, 3724 Colum- 
bine Dr., Modesto, Calif. 95350. Rev. 
and Mrs. Robert Russell, 50 Rittman 
Rd., Rittman, Ohio 44270. Please 
change Annual. 

February 20, 1971 



FORT WAYNE, IND. A summation 
of the past year's accomplishments at 
Grace Church revealed there had been 
69 public decisions, including 48 first- 
time confessions of Christ as Saviour. 
There was also the fact presented that 
the best average attendances of any 
year for Sunday worship services had 
been achieved. Quentin Matthes, pas- 
tor. 



SANFORD, N.C. The year of 1970 
was one of blessing in the Sanford 
Grace Brethren Church, and also was 
the year in which the church was ac- 
cepted into the Southeast District and 
the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches. A call is being sent out now 
for those who would be willing to be 
used in this pioneer work for the 
Lord— more workers are needed in this 
church. Pastor Adam Rager finds it 
necessary to work full time in order to 
support his family. In writing regard- 
ing the work situation, Mrs. Bert 
Jordan, church correspondent, states 
there is an opportunity now open for a 
brick layer. Would you be able to re- 
locate in this area? Think about the 
possibility, and ask for the Lord's 
leading. 





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The First Brethren Church choir forms the human Christmas tree that added an unusual 
effect to their Christmas cantata. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. A unique presentation was given by the choir of the First 
Brethren Church as a human Christmas tree was formed during a special service. 
The outside edge of the figure was made up of 22 trees illuminated by approxi- 
mately 750 lights. The choir rendered the cantata, "Born A King," which was 
directed by Mrs. Helen Ogden Rasbach, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W. A. 
Ogden of Akron, Ohio. According to reports, there were 404 in the audience the 
night of the production, which was the largest crowd in attendance at a church 
service for over 15 years. 

On Christmas Eve, when the choir sang a shorter cantata, the local T.V. 
station came to the church with camera and lights and took pictures (in color), 
and the choir was featured on the 1 1 p.m. newscast, and also pictures were 
repeated twice on Christmas Day. This type of news coverage was greatly appre- 
ciated by the church. Wesley Haller, pastor. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. President 
Richard M. Nixon recently received 
representatives of the Wycliffe Bible 
Translators in his White House Office. 
Wycliffe's General Director, Dr. 
William Cameron Townsend, reported 
to President Nixon that Wycliffe work- 
ers had entered their 500th tribe. Pres- 
ident Nixon was presented a specially 
inscribed copy of the book about 
Wycliffe, Who Brought the Word. An 
autographed Bible was given to Dr. 
Townsend by the President. 



In Memory 

Death notices appearing in this column must 
be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

DONAHUE, Rev. George, 99, went 
to be with the Lord Jan. 6. Ordained 
in 1896, Mr. Donahue began preaching 
at Big Rock in Roanoke County, Va., 
a pastorate that lasted 10 years. He 
later had pastorates at Coopers Cave in 
Franklin County, Va., and at Boones 
Chapel in Roanoke, Va. The funeral 
service was held Jan. 9 at the Clear- 
brook Brethren Church with Rev. 
Henry Radford in charge, assisted by 
Rev. K. E. Richardson and Rev. 
Robert Combs. A quartet of district 
ministers sang and pastors served as 
pallbearers. Pastor Henry Radford 
said: "We can say like Paul that this 
dear brother fought a good fight and 
kept the faith to a ripe old age." 

RISSER, Mrs. Howard, a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church of Ash- 
land began the new year with the 
Saviour— Lord whom she served so 
faithfully. The church has lost a strong 
soldier and prayer warrior. Having 
been paralyzed due to an automobile 
accident, she was confined to her bed 
for the last 30 years, but she prayed 
much for the ministries of the church. 
She was the mother of Rev. Dean 
Risser, pastor at Coraopolis, Pa. Knute 
Larson, pastor. 




This new camper will make itineration more convenient for the Voorhees, pictured here 
with their grandson, Brent Collins. 

ANAHEIM, CALIF. An interesting and important event took place on a 
recent Sunday at the Grace Brethren Church. The Duey Voorhees, who have 
returned from service as short-term missionaries in the Central African Republic, 
purchased a beautiful new camper, which they will use as they itinerate among 
the churches telling of their missionary experiences. They felt that since their 
new home-on-wheels would be used in the Lord's service, it should be publicly 
dedicated to God. Since it was at the Anaheim church that they received their 
inspiration to serve in Africa, they felt they would like to have the dedication 
here. 

Accordingly, after the morning worship service, the congregation was invited 
to assemble on the lawn of the church property, where the shiney new vehicle 
was parked. Pastor David Willett assisted retiring pastor, Rev. Donald Carter, in a 
brief service of dedication, after which an invitation was extended to inspect the 
new home. 



STOYSTOWN, PA. At the annual 
meeting of the Reading Brethren 
Church, the pastor, Rev. Arthur Col- 
lins, was unanimously invited to con- 
tinue as under shepherd with a token 
increment in salary. Arthur Collins, 
pastor. 

DUNCANSVILLE, PA. The birth 
of a daughter was announced by Pas- 
tor and Mrs. John Gregory on Dec. 30. 
Stephanie Rae had top rating at 8 lbs. 
10 oz., and also rated tops with her 
two brothers, Keith and Daniel. 
Stephanie's father is pastor of the 
Leamersville Grace Brethren Church. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 
Los Angeles, Calif. 
San Bernardino, Calif. 
Berne, Ind. 
Telford, Tenn. 



Date 
Feb. 28-Mar. 
Mar. 7-12 
Mar. 14-19 
Mar. 14-21 



Pastor 
Ronald Graff 
James McClellan 
No Pastor 
Donald Farner 



Speaker 
Nathan Meyer 
Nathan Meyer 
Allen Herr 
Dean Fetterhoff 



WeMty Beth 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to those 
whose addresses are supplied by the of- 
ficiating minister. 



Connie Kieffer and Donald Greg- 
ory, Dec. 19, 1970, in the York (Pa.) 
Grace Brethren Church. The groom's 
brother. Pastor John Gregory, offici- 
ated at the ceremony. 

Stella Horn and Timothy Metcalf, 
Dec. 19, 1970, First Brethren Church 
in Wooster, Ohio. Dr. Kenneth Ash- 
man and Rev. Robert Kern officiated. 

Ellen Simmons and Raymond 
Hodges, Dec. 19, 1970, Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Sheila Hamilton and Brad Rose- 
borough, Jan. 2, at Grace Brethren 
Church, Ashland, Ohio. 



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Betty Wallen 

West Covina Brethren Church 
West Covina, California 




Our greeting to Missionary Walter 
Haag at national conference in Long 
Beach was "When can we go to Mexico 
again?" We had been to Baja California 
three times with our high school group 
doing jobs of painting and roofing. 
The need of construction help on a 
church building in Caborca, Mexico, 
had challenged us, and after consulting 
with Mr. Haag it was decided to set a 
departure date of December 28. 

During the next few months two 
shoe boxes, covered with a brick- 
patterned paper, were passed through- 
out all the departments in our Sunday 
school. Over S200 was given for the 
bricks (6"xl2" baked adobe). Women 
in the WMC prayed faithfully for the 
needs of the trip. We all prayed that 
we would remain in His will as we 
planned the details and that we would 
do it all to glorify Him. 

We left the Monday after Christmas 
with five adults, one teenager and five 
children. (Pastor Haag brought a teen- 
age boy from the San Ysidro church 
with him.) The trip was a long one, 
over 500 miles from West Covina, Cali- 
fornia, to Caborca, Mexico. 

We started seeing the Lord's guiding 
hand on the trip as we traveled. At the 
last minute, a new Christian in our 
church had come along. How we ap- 
preciated Jess' bilingual ability as we 
crossed the border for inspection. 
There was some confusion as we had 
mistakenly taken the wrong car regis- 
tration with us. But the officials only 
wanted to see our visas and the car's 
"pink slip," and these papers were in 
order. 



We arrived at our destination on 
Tuesday afternoon and work was 
started the next day with the Mexican 
men doing the brick laying and our 
men sifting sand through a screen. It 
was difficult not to think we had to 
show them how to do it "right" (that 
is what we felt was the right way— the 
American way). And yet, the workers 
tried to follow Senor Haag's method 
of listening—and then following direc- 
tions. The small amount of cement 
being used in the construction 
bothered one man, an electrical en- 
gineer. John would sneak an extra 
shovel full of cement into the mixture 
of sand and lime whenever he could. 
Yet, we realized again and again that 
this was the natives' church, and their 
country, and that the "loco gringos" 
should not try to take over. 

We attended church services each 
night with our hosts in a rented build- 
ing that was being used. What an ex- 
perience! So many different things to 
see. The first night we became ac- 
customed to men and women sitting 
on different sides of the church, hard 
wooden benches, three-hour services, 
and the open doors letting in the cold 
air. However, the people were so warm 
in their greetings and would shake 
hands with each of us as we would en- 
ter or leave the building. 

The last night we were to be in 
Caborca was New Year's Eve. Pastor 
Haag had mentioned a Communion 
service, and we were anxious to parti- 
cipate. The service started as the other 
services had with singing to the ac- 
companiment of guitars. They stood 



for each song, the reading of the Bible, 
and prayers. 

The local pastor, Senor Munoz, 
spoke for a while, then Missionary 
Haag explained the service. Despite the 
language barrier, we could see what a 
clear picture he was giving of the 
threefold service. He emphasized the 
symbols of cleansing and the im- 
portance of being born again and being 
in fellowship with the Lord. 

The Foot Washing service was so 
dear to us and we hoped they too were 
blessed. It seemed to end so quickly. 
Although I could not communicate in 
words with the women— we could em- 
brace and pat hands. 

We had a time of testimony with 
Pastor Haag acting as interpreter for 
us. The service finished with the par- 
taking of the Bread and the Cup. 

It was 1 1 :30 p.m.— four hours since 
we had started. We returned to our 
trailers and listened to the firecrackers 
at midnight. The Mexican people took 
a break for tamales, then their service 
continued! Their love for the Lord, 
and their hunger for the Word caused 
them to stay and fellowship with one 
another. I wondered at my relation- 
ship with the Lord when I remem- 
bered how I often watch the clock in 
my own comfortable church. 

We drove off early the next morn- 
ing, waving good-by to Pastor Montez 
and Pastor Haag. The trip had been so 
good, great, wonderful! As we looked 
back at all the planning, and the trip 
itself, we saw that Romans 8:28 was 
true. 



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God Was Alive at Urbana 



"Think for a moment of the poten- 
tial here: students from all over the 
country and other parts of the world, 
met here specifically to study mis- 
sions. How long shall we sit analyzing, 
questioning, arguing, discussing, before 
God lays hold on us with power to 
thrust us out to the billion and a half 
who have never yet heard? But one 
can pray— and I ask this of you all. Lay 
hold with all your powers upon the 
Lord of the Harvest that He would 
make the effects of the convention re- 
sound in dark places for His Name's 
sake." Thus reads a letter (included in 
the book. Shadow of the Almighty by 
Elisabeth Elliot) written by the late 
Jim Elliot to his parents as he con- 
sidered the first Urbana Convention in 
1948. 

At the ninth convention, Urbana 
70, in December, these words still re- 
mained true. The potential that Jim 
Elliot wrote about was there in the 
twelve thousand plus attendance. And 
truly the Spirit of God was alive as 
hundreds of students were led to com- 
mit their lives to service for Him. God 
was alive at Urbana. His presence was 
known by all. 

In the opening session one com- 
ment was made regarding the crowded 
conditions. It was quoted from one of 
the organizers of the Woodstock Rock 
Festival, "if you want to get along 
here you're going to have to believe 
the fellow next to you is your broth- 
er." Truly this had even more signifi- 
cance at Urbana 70. 

Students arrived from all over the 
United States, Canada, and many far 
away parts of the globe. Room assign- 
ments were made so that there was 
representation from most places in the 
U.S. on every floor and quite a few 
people from foreign nations. Small 
group Bible study and prayer helped 
to unite everyone in a real feeling of 
unity and fellowship. 

Daily the entire group of students 
met in mass assembly both morning 
and evening to hear many outstanding 
speakers. Each morning John Stott led 
an hour of Bible exposition from the 
Gospel of John. 



By Geoff Huys 

Senior, Grace College 



The emphasis during the mornings 
was upon the changing concepts of 
world evangelism. Much emphasis was 
also placed upon the need to do more 
for men than to just preach the Gos- 
pel. "Missionaries should be prepared 
to work with people and to help 
care for their physical needs as well as 
the spritual needs." 

After a break for lunch the students 
were all free to attend a number of 
workshops and discussions dealing 
with a multitude of topics relating to 
world missions. 

Evenings again brought everyone 
together in assembly to hear some very 
excellent speakers. Dave Howard 
spoke about "Student Power in World 
Evangelism" where he cited numbers 
of cases where real revival began with 
groups of concerned students getting 
involved with the task of missions. 
Tom Skinner discussed the "U. S. 
Racial Crisis and World Evangelism," 
where he dealt with many concepts re- 
lating racial tension to evangelism. 

Tuesday brought Paul Little's topic, 
"God's Will For Me and World Evan- 
gelism." Mr. Little discussed many 
principles which Christians may use in 
knowing just what the will of God is 
for their lives. He also included a list 



of nine common mistakes people make 
relating to God's will for them. 
Leighton Ford spoke on Wednesday 
using the topic, "Is Man Really Lost?" 
Mr. Ford pointed out what the Bible 
has to say about the "condition of 
man." 

John W. Alexander, the head of 
Inter-Varsity, concluded and tied to- 
gether the week of meetings with his 
topic called, "Where Do We Go From 
Here In World Evangelism." Officially 
the convention ended with, as one 
student put it, "the most unusual New 
Year's Eve I've ever spent." A com- 
munion service with twelve thousand 
brothers and sisters in Christ gave to 
all the sense of unity in Christ that had 
been building up all week. 

Grace College and Grace Seminary 
were well represented at Urbana by 
the presence of over twenty students 
from the college and seminary. Profes- 
sor P. Fredrick Fogle was also present 
and represented the college and semi- 
nary with an information booth where 
interested people could obtain catalogs 
and have their questions answered. In- 
terest ran high as most of the catalogs 
and other information were taken. 

Most of the Grace people who went 
were sincerely challenged to consider 
many ways io serve in missionary en- 
deavor. Tlir rnpact of Urbana went 
with many back to Grace campus 
where it continued to be shared by 
those who were able to attend. 




Grace people at Urbana 70. Seated (I to r): Linda Adams, Debbie Tressler, Sue Bowman. 
Standing (I to r): Geoff Huys, Prof. Fredrick Fogle, Terri Stall, Ann Engleberth, Darrell 
Hawbaker, Donna Hawbaker, Gail Ebersole, Tim Waggoner, Myron Jones, Jerry Burkholder, 
Ginny Schneider, Gary Hanson, Joanne Dion, and Dave Wickstrom. 



February 20, 1971 



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ADMISSIONS, EXPENSES, AND 
FINANCIAL AIDS 



Admissions 



Any person 


desiring; 


to 


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:lical 


Christian 


college 


with 


high 


academic and social star 


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admission 


to Grace Co 


liege. 


Each 


applicant 


is assured 


of 


careful consider 


ation 


regardless 


of denomination. 


race, 


or nationa 


origin. 























Admission Procedure 

A prospective student mav secure an application packet either from a college 
representative or by writing to the Director of Admissions. Application forms 
should be completed and returned at least three months prior to the date of 
intended enrollment. Students completing application within the last month be- 
fore registration cannot be assured of consideration for that school term. Under 
no circumstance will official acceptance be granted until all application materials 
have been received. 

An application fee of ten dollars (|io) must accompany the application for 
admission. This fee is intended to help cover the costs of processing the applica- 
tion and is not refundable. 

Single students (who must reside on campus or in other college-approved 
housing) must also include a fifteen dollar (Si 5) room reservation deposit with 
their application. It is refundable only if written cancellation of the reservation is 
received at least thirty daws before the beginning of the semester for which the 
reservation is made. 

A prospective student's admission is determined bv the Admissions Committee, 
and is not to be assumed until a letter of acceptance has been received from the 
Director of Admissions. No new student may register for classes until he has 
been officially admitted. 



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Tax Exempt Status Is Safe 



A new wrinkle in the tax exempt 
status of educational institutions has 
appeared on the scene. Each educa- 
tional institution was recently served 
with a questionnaire covering several 
vital issues, and all these gathering 
about the admissions policy of the 
school in relation to the laws on in- 
tegration. 

The first question to be answered 
was the admissions policy of the 
school now in operation. Does the 
school admit students without dis- 
crimination as to race, color, or 
national origin? 

If this policy is now in operation, 
how long has it been in operation, and 
how widely disseminated is the in- 
formation? 

If this is the policy, supply evidence 
such as statements in the college cata- 
log, brochures, newspaper accounts, 
and so forth. 

If this policy is not now in opera- 
tion, has any action been taken to 
initiate this policy, and how soon will 
it be put into operation? 

It was made perfectly clear that any 
failure to comply with the law at this 
point would disqualify the institution 
for tax exempt status. 

It was reassuring to know that 
Grace Schools qualified fully for the 
tax exempt status. The admissions 
policy of the school has not changed 
from its beginning. For the college, it 
is to be found on page 23 of the col- 
lege catalog: 

"Any person desiring to study in an 
evangelical Christian college with high 
academic and social standards is in- 
vited to apply for admission to Grace 
College. Each applicant is assured of 
careful consideration regardless of 
denomination, race, or national ori- 
gin." 

This statement does not appear in 
the seminary catalog because this has 
been the policy of the seminary from 
its very beginning. But from this point 
on it will appear in the seminary cata- 
log. However, there is abundant evi- 
dence from the catalog that no 



Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President, Grace Schools 

discrimination has been practiced. 

All the literature of the school pro- 
vides evidence of this policy, and be- 
cause of the traditional policy of the 
school, it never occurred to the of- 
ficials that it would be necessary to 
make a special point of it. 

As widely as the literature of the 
school has been disseminated, this 
policy has been known and we have 
rejoiced in the privilege of training 
Christian young people from foreign 
countries and from other than the 
white race. 

From the very beginning when 
Federal Aid was made available to 
students, schools were required to sign 
a contract in which they agreed not to 
discriminate against race, color, or 
national origin. This we were glad to 
do because it was already the practice 
of the school. 

Where huge sums of money have 
been received from the government to 
erect various building facilities, this 
stipulation was also in the contract, 
and so far as I am informed it appears 
in every contract where government 
aid of any kind is allocated. Grace 
Schools accept student aid, but they 
do not receive monies for facilities. 

It may be of interest to those who 
read this editorial to know why Grace 
Schools have always welcomed stu- 
dents from other races, color, or 
national origin. 

The reason is basically Biblical and 
spiritual. Since the seminary was en- 
gaged in preparing men and women for 
ministry and missionary service, and 
these students were going out to win 
to Christ men and women of other 
races, living in foreign countries; these 
converts actually becoming brothers 
and sisters in Christ, we could not pos- 
sibly hold to the clear teaching of the 
Scriptures without also being ready to 
admit such converts to the school. 



When the college was organized, it 
also followed the same Biblical pattern 
and therefore the same admissions 
policy. 

In all these years we have not had 
any reason to reevaluate or change this 
policy. Many students from other 
nationalities, races and colors have re- 
ceived their instruction within the 
halls of Grace Schools and we are 
proud of them and rejoice that it has 
been our privilege to educate them. 

Not all colleges or seminaries follow 
the same policy as Grace Schools. In 
every case there are reasons that relate 
to each particular case, and those 
schools must be judged on the merits 
of the cases in question. Grace Schools 
will not elect to sit in judgment on 
those schools. 

One such school is Bob Jones Uni- 
versity. A recent letter from the presi- 
dent of Bob Jones University explains 
the peril in which they now find them- 
selves. "It looks as if Bob Jones Uni- 
versity will lose its tax exempt status 
shortly." This, I am sure, will be a 
major blow to that school. 

Its location in a racially torn area of 
the United States could pose problems 
that are insurmountable were they to 
relax their admissions policy. On the 
other hand, endeavoring to preserve 
the school by refusing to change the 
admissions policy may impose upon 
them a tax burden too heavy to bear. 

This is a time when God's people 
need to pray that the administration 
of Bob Jones University will be given 
wisdom from above to face the issues, 
and in the event that they must under- 
take a greater financial burden that 
God's people will rally to the cause. 

This school has had a great ministry 
for almost a half century and it would 
be a calamity in the work of the Lord 
if this school were curtailed in its wide 
ministry to Christian young people. 

When praying, please remember all 
the Christian schools that are strug- 
gling against almost insurmountable 
odds to survive in a strife-torn, escala- 
ting, Satanically controlled economy. 



February 20, 1971 



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Students Talk 
About Grace 



In response to questions about their studies, the faculty, sports, 
music, chapel, and their spiritual, social, and intellectual growth, 
these students share both their views and their feelings. 




VIDA LEAVER, 

Akron, Ohio. 

Junior— Activities: Sounding Board Staff, Resident Assistant, Mem- 
ber Student Education Association. 

"My beliefs have been challenged continuously since 
coming to Grace. Frankly, I thought I was avoiding such an 
experience by attending a Christian college. I knew my con- 
victions were on shaky ground and could collapse under 
scrutiny." 

Vida continues: "Various speakers and faculty members 
repeatedly stressed knowing what we believe and why we 
believe it. This resulted in serious heart searching, also a 
great deal of apprehension because I was witnessing the 
struggle of many of my friends on secular campuses as they 
met the opposition of various religions and cults. I didn't 
want the struggle, just wanted to know that what I believed 
was right." 

"Through my professors I learned to let the Holy Spirit 
guide me through the study of the Word of God. As a 
result, I am experiencing the reality of what Christ can do 
when our relationship with Him is not hampered by un- 
biblical propositions." 




ANNA CLARK 
Warsaw, Indiana. 

Sophomore— Activities: Sounding Board Reporter, Child Evangelism 
Class Teacher. 

"I entered Grace College as a freshman, knowing the 
Lord was directing me here, wanting to learn every last 
thing I possibly could, but not expecting to really like 
Grace." 

"In only a few short weeks I came to love and respect 
Grace College— wouldn't trade anything for the experiences 
of my freshman year, the thrill of teaching a Good News 
Club Bible story to a group of eager children, the satis- 
faction of learning the Greek alphabet, the humiliation of 
returning from swimming class with dripping hair." 

Anna adds, "there are indescribable memories— just sit- 
ting entranced during Virgil Fox's organ recital, skiing for 
the first time at a winter retreat in Wisconsin, waiting in 
dread for my first piano jury, the missionary conference, 
and long rainy afternoons spent in the security of the li- 
brary." 

"The faculty here, their personal interest, and the class- 
room atmosphere is unlike anything I experienced in high 
school. Learning has been a joy with such dedicated men 
and women as teachers." 



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TAD HOBERT 

Dalton, Ohio. 

Junior— Activities: Vice President of Grace Missions in Action. 

"Grace is not a Utopia . . . but through yielding to Christ 
we can find His place for us on a Christian cam- 
pus . . . whether on the basketball court, in a class, or serving 
on or off campus. Christ expects to predominate." 

"I especially enjoyed teaching a Bible study for young 
people in Columbia City, witnessing on the street . . . doing 
door-to-door visitation . . . and seeing souls won to Christ as 
He used us." 




JOAN LESH 

LaPorte City, Iowa. 

Junior— Activities: Music Educators National Conference, Women's 
Recreation Association Treasurer. 

"Grace not only offers an up-to-date liberal arts pro- 
gram, but also provides a basis for a sound spiritual training 
and growth, as shown in our school verse this year: Jere- 
miah 33:3, 'Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew 
thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.' ' : 

Joan observes, "one of Grace's greatest assets is its 
faculty, which is concerned for each student both in and 
out of the classroom . . . not only are they dedicated to 
their role as teachers, but also to being top-notch Chris- 
tians." 




HAZEL NORRIS 
Dayton, Ohio 

Sophomore— Activities: Class Treasurer, Spiritual Editor of the 
Heritage . 

"Now in my second year, I'm realizing that Grace is 
more than exams, lectures, sporting events, musical groups, 

February 20, 1971 



and a collection of students and faculty. Any school can 
offer these things." 

"Grace has what the song, 'Blest Be the Tie That Binds,' 
talks about. Outward evidences of this are the chapels, 
Bible and missionary conferences, prayer meetings, and 
sharing times with fellow students." 

Involvement in life at Grace has brought Hazel "new 
spiritual insight as well as social and intellectual opportuni- 
ties." 




JUDY HERMAN 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Junior— Activities: Sounding Board Staff, French Club, Chorale, 
Class Officer. 

"Having lived at Winona for thirteen years, the idea of 
traveling five blocks to a college I already knew inside out 
did not seem too thrilling to me. But through many answers 
to prayers, the Lord has shown me that this is where I 
should be. He has also helped me through all the rough 
spots, and college is full of them." 

As Judy reflected upon some of her friends who have 
gone to other colleges, ruined their lives with drugs, even 
followed false beliefs, she asks herself, "Where would I be 
now if it weren't for my Christian home, and if I hadn't 
come to Grace?" 

"The thing I will remember about Grace," she con- 
cludes, "is that here in the middle of a confused and violent 
world, I was able to find a place where young people still 
have the peace of God and love for each other." 




GEOFF HUYS 

Osceola, Indiana 

Senior-Activities: Sounding Board Editor, Social Studies Major. 

"Grace College has meant God's will in my life for the 
past two years. Right in the middle of my plans to study 
for a degree in accounting at a state university, God 
brought me here to study history." 

"Grace has meant trials and even absolute failure in 
some areas, but in it all, God has worked and loved me. In 
fact, just when I thought I could not afford to stay at 
Grace, God worked miracles to keep me here." 

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JOHN FITZ 

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 

Senior— Activities: Business Manager of the Sounding Board. 

"Originally, I had not planned to go on to college, but 
the Lord showed me the need for more education to round 
out many areas of my life. Since being at Grace the most 
important aspect is spiritual." To this end, John has found 
that the Day of Prayer, "when the entire school meets for a 
time of prayer," provides a real "spiritual lift." 

John considers the faculty a "most dedicated group of 
people . . . willing to listen at any time and to help you 
work out any problem you might have." 

"Grace is more than just a college," says John, "it is a 
Christian college, where the Bible is taught and believed." 




KAREN GALLO 

Stoystown, Pennsylvania. 

Junior— Activities: Junior Class Social Chairman. 

"Education with impact! Three years at Grace has dis- 
ciplined and cultivated my ideas, attitudes, and ideals as a 
Christian young woman. It has taught me the power of 
faith in the face of seeming insurmountable obstacles." 

Karen also "discovered a kind of love between students 
and faculty that forms a lasting bond . . . with a concern for 
each other that is real and meaningful." 

"As a speech major I would like to teach on the second- 
ary level and instruct drama classes." 




SALLY BECHTEL 

Minerva, Ohio. 

Sophomore— Activities: Class Social Co-chairman, Women's Recrea- 
tional Association Secretary 

"My assignment from the Lord, to attend a small Liberal 
Arts College, was very strange and confusing. I had heard all 



about Grace from my older brothers who were attending 
there, but I was not contemplating following in their 
steps." 

Since coming to Grace, Sally has thanked the Lord many 
times for the Christian influence of her brothers and their 
friends, their help in her studies and music, and the op- 
portunity to accompany them on gospel teams. 

She rates Grace "at the top of the list" in its influence in 
helping her prepare to serve the Lord in music, art, and 
many other ways. 




DAVID McCOMAS 
Rittman, Ohio. 

Junior— Activities: Choir, Member of the Crusaders (the Ten Singing 
Men of Grace). 

"Grace College means more to me perhaps than it does 
to the great majority of the students here, because it was 
here that I trusted Christ as Saviour and Lord of my life." 

"I praise God for my dear sister who talked me into 
coming here. Until two years ago she was the only one of 
our family that was saved." 

"Tired of fooling everyone, except God and myself, I 
remember getting down on my knees one Friday night two 
years ago and asking Him to come into my heart." 

"Grace College is in the 'people business,' winning them, 
teaching them, and helping to build their character." 




TERESA "TERRI" STALL 

Wooster, Ohio. 

Junior— Activities: Secretary of Grace Missions in Action, Resident 
Assistant. 

"In a day when many so-called 'Christian' schools are 
lowering their standards to those of the world, Grace still 
stands for the truth of the Bible." 

Terri says that Grace has met her desire to attend a small 
Christian college offering a teaching degree. 

"Classes covering the academic requirements are related 
to our everyday lives by the faculty. God's Word cannot be 
alienated from subject matter." 

She appreciates the Christian Service program which pro- 
vides the opportunity to put into practice what she has 
learned. 



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What unrequired activity at Grace 
College could possibly attract 50 per- 
cent of the student body? It involves 
50 percent of the freshmen, 48 per- 
cent of the sophomores, 52 percent of 
the juniors and of the seniors, 58 per- 
cent. 

Grace College is a Christian Liberal 
Arts College and while no type of 
spiritual service is required of its stu- 
dent body as is the case in most Bible 
colleges, yet all students are urged and 
expected to be involved. Students en- 
tering Grace have no problem finding 
areas of service for the Lord. Grace 
Missions in Action (GMA) under the 
student direction of Dan Snively, the 
student body Chaplain, offers many 
opportunities for interested students. 

Chaplain Lee Jenkins is now serving 
as Chaplain for Grace College and 
Seminary. Jenkins had formerly been 
in the government chaplaincy service 
for twenty-six years when he felt the 
call of the Lord to Grace. He is also 
Christian Service Director at the col- 
lege. 

Campus Crusade, whose purpose is 
to share Christ with other college stu- 
dents at area campuses has gone 
several times to Purdue University. 
This group numbering as many as 
thirty has seen on an average of five 
first-time decisions for Christ each 
visit. 

Approximately fifty students con- 
duct twenty-five Good News Clubs in 
the Lakeland area, which includes 
about five counties surrounding 
Winona Lake. These clubs are designed 
for elementary-age children who meet 
in the home of a hostess in their neigh- 
borhood. The program consists of 
organized Scripture memorization, 
singing, missionary time and prayer 
which are focused on the six to twelve 
-year level. 

The jail-team ministry is another 
branch under GMA. Twenty-five 
students visit the jail where many men 
and women finally meet Jesus Christ. 
Myron Jones, the student leader of 
this group tells of a man charged with 
a serious crime who received Jesus 
Christ and turned from his rebellion 
against God and society. The court- 
room during his trial was filled with 
his thanks to God for forgiveness from 



the crime he admittedly committed. 

Perhaps you have seen and heard 
one of the Grace College Gospel 
Teams which is another aspect of 
GMA. After a singing group has been 
endorsed by the music department, 
student chairman Bruce Sellers meets 
with them and helps the team establish 
some goals. There are four groups that 
go out to the churches in the area: 
"The Crusaders," a group of ten col- 
lege men; a quartet called the "Con- 
querors"; another men's quartet and 
an ensemble. Sometimes these teams 
travel great distances to help with such 
activities as youth retreats and district 
conferences. 

Each week concerned Grace stu- 
dents visit the local nursing homes. 
The time of prayer and Bible study 
serves as an encouragement not only 
to the senior citizens, but also to the 
thirty to forty who help each week. 

There is also a division of GMA 
called personal evangelism. It concerns 
itself with spreading the Gospel to the 
man on the street through distribution 
of tracts and the presentation of per- 
sonal testimonies. Also door-to-door 
evangelism is carried out by this group 
of approximately forty students. 

Each of these branches of GMA re- 
ports its accomplishments to the week- 
ly prayer and praise gatherings. The 
student leader establishes a convenient 
meeting time for prayer and a time of 
sharing how Christ has been working. 

Yes, approximately 50 percent of 
over 600 students at Grace College are 
involved in Christian service. Many 
think this percentage is commendable; 
others may say it doesn't seem like 
much for a Christian college. Whatever 
your reaction may be, you might in- 
vestigate to learn the percentage of 
participation in Christian service in the 
church you attend. 

You perhaps have attended church 
for years, but when was the last time 
you shared what Jesus has done for 
you with someone else? Often the 
reason our lives are unexciting and the 
church seems to be dead is because we 
are uninvolved Christians. We need to 
be spiritual straws, open at both ends, 
so we not only take in the blessings of 
Christ, but also with the receiving- 
give out. 



February 20, 1971 



23 



Up 29.3 Percent 



Last Quarter Alumni Giving 
Sets a New Record 



A record high of $ 10,498.50 was 
set in alumni giving for any three 
months period in the gifts received 
in the Alumni Relations Office dur- 
ing the 1970 Grace Alumni Fund 
Campaign which closed December 
31. 

This represents a 29.3 percent 
increase over the 1969 campaign 
total of $8,119.77. 

A complete report of the total 
alumni giving for the entire year of 
1970 will be published as soon as 
all of the churches have sent in 
their reports of the gifts which they 



have received for Grace Schools 
over the calendar year of 1 970. 

Gifts received from alumni dur- 
ing 1969, through both the 
churches and the alumni office 
totaled $35,241.04. 

During the 1970 campaign, gifts 
were received in the alumni office 
from 337 alumni, of which 181 
were college and 156 seminary 
alumni. This represents close to a 
14 percent participation out of our 
combined alumni enrollment of 
2 422. 



Introduces New Trumpet Line 



Jerry Franks Makes 
Coast-to-Coast Tour 



Jerry Franks, well-known Artist in 
Residence and Assistant Professor of 
Music at Grace College, made a coast- 
to-coast promotional tour for Conn 
Corporation of Oakbrook, Illinois, 
January 10-22. 

As soloist in brass and clinician, 
Franks was introducing a new line of 
student instruments to more than 
1,500 Conn dealers in five regional 
dealer meetings in Chicago, San Fran- 
cisco, Dallas, Atlanta, and New York 
City. 

Since joining the faculty at Grace 
College in 1 966, Franks has developed 
an 85 piece community concert band 
and a 20 piece brass ensemble which 
have traveled extensively representing 
Grace Schools. This is in addition to 



his classroom and private instructional 
schedule. 

Two records by Franks, published 
by BMH Recordings of Winona Lake, 
are: "Trumpet Conversations" and 
"Jerry Franks and Dimensions in 
Brass." 

Brooks Dawson, a Grace Seminary 
alumnus and advertising manager for 
the Conn band instrument depart- 
ment, along with other Conn staff 
members were also included in the 
touring group. 

Jerry Franks, his wife Dottie and 
their three children live in Warsaw, 
Indiana. The Franks are members of 
the Warsaw Community Brethren 
Church. 



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Contents 

Reflections By Still Waters 3 

A Bitter Pill To Swallow 4 

There Is a Difference 5 

Who Follows in Their Train 6 

German Evangelicals Form 

Significant Document 7 

FMS Annual Offering Report 8 

The Children's Page 11 

Church News 12 

The Tragedy of the Cross 14 

God Uses Many Ways 16 

WMC Assists BSLV 17 

Three Precious Gifts 18 

Missionary Profile 19 

Have You Read? 20 

The Creative Woman 21 

This Is Your Life, Pastor Miller 22 

Along the Bible Way 23 

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CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM— Miss Pam Walters 

Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer NFGBM— Mr. Phil Landrum 



ABOUT THE CO KE7? - "Great cities await the Gospel," 
and the various ones named are vast metropolises in which 
there are Brethren Foreign Missions testimonies, a couple 
of them in their infant stages. Publicity during this cur- 
rent FMS season is emphasizing the needs of the cities. 



March 6, 1971 

Volume 33, Number 5 



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EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 



SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$4.00 a year, foreign, $5.00. Special rates to churches. 



Brethren Missionary Herald 





The work of the Lord goes forward 
as human effort is applied with divine 
power. God has ordained that human 
vessels be the channels for His work in 
the church. So it has been through the 
ages that He has had His men and 
women who were willing to listen to 
the call and do His will. The names of 
Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, 
Daniel, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and 
Paul stand out as men of unusual dedi- 
cation. They set a high standard for 
the church as men who were called 
and responded. 

Today there is no less work to do 
than in former times. Our generation is 
faced with all of the problems of the 
past and a few new ones added to the 
list. We then face the work of the Lord 
and respond on the basis of conven- 
ience or conviction. What we ac- 
complish will be determined to a great 
extent by which of these two we are 
motivated. Convenience— Conviction. 

If we use our Christian experience 
as a convenience we will find it a 
somewhat nice but unproductive re- 
lationship. It will mean that we can 
rest in deep assurance that God loves 
us and we are His. We have the channel 
of prayer to God and when we have 
need, we can get on the prayer line 
and ask Him to send us the necessary 
things to make our lives a bit more 
convenient and happy. We have knowl- 
edge that He will care for us when we 
have fulfilled our days here on earth. 
It makes a very nice arrangement, but 
it assumes no particular obligations or 
duties that are to be undertaken on 
our behalf. After all, salvation is by 
faith and faith by grace and grace is free 



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and so am I. 

It is convenient to use all of God's 
blessings, but when the weekend 
comes it is nice to meet Him some- 
where other than in the worship 
service. A quiet lake will do or maybe 
an extra hour's sleep or in the front 
lawn communing with God in nature 
while mowing our lawn. There is a real 
trend today to find God outside of the 
church. It is convenient and can be 
made to sound real spiritual with 
a little effort on the part of those 
who prefer to get rather than to 
give. It also requires so little discipline 
and lets God do everything. 

Then there is Biblical Christianity 
that requires discipline of life and is 
based on conviction. It moves on the 
basis that God has spoken and there is 
an obligation to fulfill His commands. 
It involves discipleship which has at its 
root the matter of discipline of life. 
The common attitude of the day is 
that, "No one is going to tell me what 
to do." This unfortunately has spilled 
over into the thinking of many Chris- 
tian people. A full day's pay for a 
half-day's work— and if anyone tells 
me to do more I will quit. So the 



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By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



church is afflicted with the world's 
malady and there is not much disci- 
pline left for the cause of Christ. Few 
say, "Yes, I'll take the responsibility 
that ties me down week after week to 
teach the children about God" or "I 
am willing to accept some other task 
in the church that involves working on 
the basis of a deep conviction to get 
the task done for Him." These people 
will end up with names on God's 
honor roll. 

The old expresssion, "Let George 
Do It," would have been fine except 
not enough mothers were thoughtful 
enough to name their children George. 
So some of us Christians with other 
names are going to have to apply our- 
selves to God's work. Work that re- 
quires the spending of time and energy 
in the experience called "being a co- 
laborer with God," and do it because 
we believe God wants us to do it. 
That's conviction! W 1 



March 6, 1971 



"When hell drops out of religion, 
foreign missions drops out of the church." 



I he doctrine of eternal punish- 
ment is a bitter pill to swallow. There- 
fore, it is not surprising that the sub- 
ject is avoided. 

It is bitter to the unbeliever be- 
cause he does not look upon himself as 
a great sinner and thus he feels that he 
would not merit such a drastic action 
to be taken against him. 

It is a bitter pill to the nominal 
Christian because it places him in an 
uncomfortable position. He has 
friends, relatives, acquaintances (to say 
nothing of the vast heathen world) 
who do not know Jesus Christ. To 
these he should be witnessing, but he 
cannot bring himself to accept the 
seriousness of their condition. For the 
most part, these folks may seem de- 
cent enough. Some may even be re- 
ligious to a point. To imagine that 
they will spend an eternity in a place 
of punishment and outer darkness is, 
to him, unthinkable. 

It is even bitter to the committed 
Christian, for there is no joy in ac- 
cepting the fact that all outside of 
Christ will perish. However, it is only 
in those circles of Christendom where 
it is believed that without Christ the 
heathen* are lost, that a zealous mis- 
sionary spirit is found. C. F. Wright is 
quoted as saying: "The consuming 
missionary zeal of the apostles and the 
early church shows that they believed 






A Moment with Missions 



A Bitter Pill 
To Swallow 



the decisions of this life to be final 
decisions. The early church not only 
thought the heathen would perish 
without the Gospel, but they found 
the conscience in the heathen world 
answering to this belief (Strong's 
Theology). Today that belief is gone 
from large segments of the Christian 
church, and even evangelicals seem 
willing to ignore it. Emory Storrs once 
said, "When hell drops out of religion, 
justice drops out of politics." We 
would go further and add, "When hell 
drops out of religion, foreign missions 
drops out of the church." 

The book, Christian Collegians and 
Foreign Missions, printed after the 
Urbana conference of 1967, reveals 
that slightly over 60 percent of the 
students did not believe that a person 
not hearing the Gospel as taught in the 
Bible, is eternally lost. Perhaps this 
will explain in part the reason for the 
recent drop in missionary recruitment. 
It may also be an indication of why 
many Christian young people are in- 
terested only in short-term service. If 
man is not lost, if he does not face 
judgment and eternal separation from 
God, then his danger is not great 
enough to require the many sacrifices 
that a missionary must make to reach 
him. The outstanding American mis- 
sionary statesman of the nineteenth 



century, Rufus Anderson, once wrote: 
"Nothing but the grand object of 
reconciling men to God with a view to 
their eternal salvation and the happi- 
ness and joy thus resulting to Christ's 
Kingdom, will call any considerable 
number of missionaries into the for- 
eign field and keep them cheerfully 
there." 

If this objective of reconciling men 
to God does not occupy a place of 
prominence in the mission structure, 
that mission has ceased to be a Chris- 
tian mission. 

Concern for man because he faces 
eternal judgment and separation from 
God, certainly is not the only reason 
for seeking him out in order to point 
him to Christ, but it is a vital cord in 
missionary motivation. Cut that cord 
and you cut the nerve which moves a 
Christian into action on behalf of the 
lost. Eternal punishment as the destiny 
for those outside of Jesus Christ may 
be a bitter pill to swallow, but remem- 
ber, it was Jesus Christ who said: 
"Whoever believes in the Son has 
eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son 
will never have life, but God's wrath 
will remain on him forever" (Today's 
English Version).— JWZ 

*Heathen-an unconverted member of a 
people or nation that does not acknowledge 
the God of the Bible. M 



Brethren Missionary Herald 




There Is a 
Difference 



I he pastor returned from the 
hospital and began to prepare the 
bulletin for the coming Sunday serv- 
ices. The pastor's wife graded the last 
paper for her reading class and pre- 
pared herself for choir practice at the 
church that evening. The pastor's 
daughter washed the supper dishes and 
hurried to get back to her sewing. 

Busy people? Yes. Meeting the 
needs of the community? Yes. Serving 
Christ? Yes. Satisfied? No. Why? 

All of the things that usually satisfy 
people are unsatisfactory when a 
family has not only felt the call to 
service for Christ on the foreign field, 
but also has been deeply involved in 
that work for some years. We began 
our missionary service in 1961. Those 
first years in Brazil were blessed years 
of service for Christ. There were diffi- 
culties. The language, the people at 
times seemed hard to understand, the 
long hours of hard work, being away 
from the family and other small incon- 
veniences, but really no sacrifices. 
There were many blessings. People 



coming to know Christ as Saviour, 
Christians growing in the faith— oh! 
just a multitude of blessings, really too 
numerous to mention. What, then, is 
the reason for returning to the field of 
Brazil? Love for the people of Brazil, 
knowledge of the language and the 
people of Brazil, the great need on the 
field: yes, certainly these are reasons, 
but not the most important reason. 

Paul said in II Corinthians 5:15: 
"That they which live should not 
henceforth live unto themselves, but 
unto him which died for them. . . ." 
We believe that it is possible to be 
serving the Lord anywhere in the 
world and still be living unto oneself. 
It is so easy to allow the innocent and 
so-called important things of this life 
to crowd out that higher calling and 
greater service that can be had when 
we are willing to "live unto Him." 
Nothing in life can compare with a 
personal, heartfelt obedience to the 
will of Christ as He makes this known 
to us through the Word, by His Holy 
Spirit, and in the circumstances of life. 



Leaving Okeechobee, Florida, is not 
easy. We have come to love and appre- 
ciate these wonderful people with 
whom we have labored. We take part 
of them with us and leave part of our- 
selves with them. Why go? We think 
you know the answer. For those who 
are called to the foreign field, there is 
a difference between being obedient to 
the call and being satisfied to labor for 
Christ here in the States. That differ- 
ence is God's will for the individual 
life. Life can never, this side of heaven, 
be all that we would desire it to be, 
but it can be so much more when we 
are in the center of God's will. 

We request your prayers as we re- 
turn to the field of Brazil. We shall be 
working in Belem. Our address on the 
field will be Caixa Postal 861, Belem, 
Para, Brazil. » 



(The return of Rev. and Mrs. Randall 
Maycumber to missionary service in Brazil 
was at the time of this writing being held up 
only until the necessary residence visas are 
received. -FMS editor.) 



By Evelyn and Randall Maycumber 



• They were busy serving Christ in the community,- 



but they still weren't satisfied. It wasn't the foreign field. 



March 6. 1971 



There is a need for more missionaries 
like the first ones. 



Who Follows 
in Tneir Train? 



(FMS editor 's note: Dr. Taber has written a 
series of articles which he lias labeled "For 
Medics Only. " This one is not too technical, 
however, and should prove of general in- 
terest.) 

Of the original party of missionaries 
who stormed the gates of Central 
Africa, three out of four were medics. 
So it would have been unthinkable to 
raise the question of whether medical 
work should be added to the primary 
job of the mission. Medical evangelism 
was the main stream. And the goal of 
medical evangelism was not simply the 
preaching of the Gospel. It included 
the founding of indigenous churches. 

The question of whether the medi- 
cal work was overbalancing the 
church-building function of the mis- 
sion would have been ridiculous. On 
the other hand, showing compassion 
for those who suffer was not just a 
means to an end. It was the essential 
expression of the love of Christ. 
Estella Myers, the last survivor of the 
original party, often used to say, "I 
would like to know what medical 
work is, except being kind to people." 

Looking beyond the founders of 
the mission to our one supreme Ex- 
ample, the Lord Jesus did not relieve 
suffering simply to prove that He was 
the Son of God. But He would not 
have been himself if He had not done 
it. 

I never had the privilege of knowing 
James Gribble, but Dr. Gribble, his 
wife, left an indelible impression on 
me. 

Most of the people who knew her 
well would say that her outstanding 
characteristic was love. And it is a fact 
that she sometimes showed her love in 
a way that made it hard to understand 



By Dr. Floyd Taber 

Missionary Doctor to Africa 



her. Instead of telling us frankly what 
she would like to do, she would try to 
find out what we would prefer to do, 
and then she would argue for our side 
instead of her own. 

However, I am persuaded that her 
outstanding characteristic was not 
love, but faith. She had faith in the 
ability of the Holy Spirit to work in 
everyone, and she imagined that every- 
body's motives were as good as her 
own. 

She used to say, "All of our fellow 
missionaries are making such rapid 
growth in grace that it is a calumny to 
think of any of us as we were a few 
months ago." 

She sensed the reality of the spirit- 
ual conflict of Ephesians 6 so keenly 
that she did not think of any human 
being as an enemy, but only as an in- 
strument that was deceived and used 
by the spiritual enemies in heavenly 
places. 

Her faith in the power of the Holy 
Spirit to work in hearts and give gifts 
to any Christian made her a pioneer in 
genuine indigenous church principles, 
although she used to lament the super- 
ficial view which made indigenous 
principles begin and end with self- 
support. 

She showed her kind of indigenous 
principles by trusting herself and her 
auto to an African chauffeur back in 
the days when it was possible to get a 
driver's license for going forward even 
if you did not know how to back up; 
also, when she had Africans with 



practically no training do medical 
work under her direction when she 
was no longer able to be physically 
active herself. 

Some would think it was a per- 
version of the same faith in the power 
of the Holy Spirit for her to go out 
every weekend preaching the Gospel in 
villages along roads where there were 
no churches to nurture the new babes 
in Christ and no systematic follow-up 
possible. Be that as it may, at least it 
would have to be said, "She hath done 
what she could." 

Another one of what she herself 
called her "idiosyncrasies" with the 
emphasis on "crazy" was her emphasis 
on courtesy. This seemed to consist 
mainly in consideration for the feel- 
ings of others, but it also contained 
some courtliness. 

One incident stands out in my 
memory. I was a brand-new, raw mis- 
sionary physician and she was one 
with ripe experience. Yet she was al- 
ways pushing me forward. And natu- 
rally, as the new doctor just out of 
school, I had to put up a bold front as 
the one who knew it all. Well, I was 
looking at a stool specimen and saw a 
stronglyloide larva. When you see one 
of those snakes crawling around under 
the microscope, it is really impressive. 
So I called the African helpers: "Come 
look at this filaria I found in a stool 
specimen." Dr. Gribble asked quietly, 
"How did it get into the stool speci- 
men?" But I was up to the occasion: 
"It must have been by a hemorrhage 
of the intestinal mucosa." She said no 
more, but just left me to find out for 
myself sometime later. 

During World War II it came time 
for Dr. Gribble to go on furlough. She 
had told me a short time before that 
she was weak and discouraged. She 
couldn't read, she couldn't pray, she 
could not do anything. And the Lord 
had whispered in her ear, "You can 
still receive, can't you?" 

Against that background she was dis- 
cussing the question whether she 
should go to Cape Town or go home. I 
guess she saw I was puzzled at the way 
she referred to the trip home, so she 
explained, "I mean home to be with 
the Lord." 

That was Dr. Gribble. In the same 
breath, in the same tone, talking about 
a trip to Cape Town and a trip to 
Glory. 

"Who follows in their train?" » 



6 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



"Missionary proclamation should lead everywhere 

to the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ, 

which exhibits a new, defined reality 

as salt and light in its social environment. " 

German Evangelicals 
Form Significant Document 



The document called "The Frankfurt 
Declaration" was signed by eminent German 
theologians and missiologists on March 4, 
1970. In view of the many attacks against 
historic Christian faith which have come out 
of Germany, it is refreshing to see a state- 
ment which takes such a positive stand on 
the Scriptures. Evangelical leaders in the 
United States have labeled this as one of the 
most significant developments in missions. 
We would have to object to the wording in a 
few places; however, we still feel that the 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
should be aware of the document. This 
small segment of German evangelicals who 
have courageously taken a stand for the 
evangelization of the world needs to know 
that in this expression of faith others stand 
with them. 



THE FRANKFURT DECLARATION 

on the Fundamental Crisis 
in Christian Mission 

Seven Indispensable Basic 
Elements of Mission (cont) 

5. "But you are a chosen race, a 
royal priest hood, a dedicated 
nation, and a people claimed by 
God for his own, to proclaim the 
triumphs of him who has called 
you out of darkness into his 
marvellous light" (I Peter 2:9). 
"Adapt yourselves no longer to 
the pattern of this present 
world" (Romans 12:2). 

We recognize and declare: 

The primary visible task of mission 
is to call out the messianic, saved com- 
munity from among all people. 

Missionary proclamation should 
lead everywhere to the establishment 



of the Church of Jesus Christ, which 
exhibits a new, defined reality as salt 
and light in its social environment. 

Through the gospel and the sacra- 
ments, the Holy Spirit gives the mem- 
bers of the congregation a new life and 
an eternal, spiritual fellowship with 
each other and with God, who is real 
and present with them. It is the task of 
the congregation through its witness to 
move the lost— especially those who 
live outside its community— to a saving 
membership in the body of Christ. 
Only by being this new kind of fellow- 
ship does the Church present the 
gospel convincingly. 

We therefore oppose the view that 
the Church, as the fellowship of Jesus, 
is simply a part of the world. The con- 
trast between the Church and the 
world is not merely a distinction in 
function and in knowledge of salva- 
tion; rather, it is an essential difference 
in nature. We deny that the Church 
has no advantage over the world ex- 
cept the knowledge of the alleged 
future salvation of all men. 

We further oppose the one-sided 
emphasis on salvation which stresses 
only this world, according to which 
the Church and the world together 
share in a future, purely social, recon- 
ciliation of all mankind. That would 
lead to the self-dissolution of the 
Church. 

6. "Remember then your former 
condition: . . . you were at that 
time separate from Christ, 
strangers to the community of 
Israel, outside God's covenants 



and the promise that goes with 
them. Your world was a world 
without hope and without God" 
(Ephesians 2:11-12). 

We recognize and declare: 

The offer of salvation in Christ is 
directed without exception to all men 
who are yet bound to Him in con- 
scious faith. The adherents to the 
non-Christian religions and the world 
views can receive this salvation only 
through participation in faith. They 
must let themselves be freed from 
their former ties and false hopes in 
order to be admitted by belief and 
baptism into the body of Christ. Israel, 
too, will find salvation in turning to 
Jesus Christ. 

We therefore reject the false teach- 
ing that the non-Christian religions and 
world views are also ways of salvation 
similar to belief in Christ. 

We refute the idea that "Christian 
presence" among the adherents to the 
world religions and a give-and-take 
dialogue with them are substitutes for 
a proclamation of the gospel which 
aims at conversion. Such dialogues 
simply establish good points of con- 
tact for a missionary communication. 

We also refute the claim that the 
borrowing of Christian ideas, hopes 
and social procedures-even if they are 
separated from their exclusive relation- 
ship to the person of Jesus-can make 
the world religions and ideologies sub- 
stitutes for the Church of Jesus Christ. 
In reality they give them a syncretistic 
and therefore anti-Christian direction. 
(To be concluded) w 



March 6, 1971 



ANNUAL 
OFFERING REPORT 



BRETHREN FOREIGN MISSIONS 
JANUARY 1, 1970 to DECEMBER 31, 1970 



ALLEGHENY DISTRICT 

Accident, Md $ 775.57 

Aleppo, Pa 505.00 

Coolville, Ohio 147.17 

Cumberland, Md 1,060.26 

Grafton, W. Va 596.79 

Jenners, Pa 2,731.21 

Listie,Pa 2,920.75 

Meyersdale, Pa 2,585.57 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) .... 1,051.41 

Parkersburg, W. Va. .. 1,784.22 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 

(Coraopolis) 637.60 

Somerset, Pa 1,802.70 

Stoystown, Pa. 

(Reading) 620.29 

Uniontown, Pa 6,090.39 

Washington, Pa 2,842.34 

Westernport, Md 661.83 

Allegheny District, 

Misc 30.00 

S 26,843.10 

EAST DISTRICT 

Altoona, Pa. (First) .. . $ 1,955.80 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) . . 2,104.55 

Conemaugh, Pa 4,568.29 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 5,082.78 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 2,473.26 

Duncansville, Pa. 

(Leamersville) .... 2,898.48 

Everett, Pa 3,020.87 

Greensburg, Pa 421.14 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

(Vicksburg) 3,227.37 

Hopewell, Pa 657.76 

Jefferson Center, Pa. 

(Calvary) 83.74 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) . 9,970.55 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) 428.22 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 3,763.79 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) . 9,601.30 
Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) . . . 928.46 

Mai tinsburg, Pa 6,944.09 

East District, Misc. . . . 277.50 
$ 58,407.95 



FLORIDA DISTRICT 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . $ 6,672.43 

Fort Myers, Fla 1 ,508.08 

Maitland, Fla 1,343.00 

Margate, Fla 1,655.66 

Okeechobee, Fla 251.56 

Pompano Beach, Fla. . 2,094.57 

St. Petersburg, Fla. . . . 564.54 

Florida District, Misc. . 63.50 

$ 14,153.34 



INDIANA DISTRICT 

Berne, Ind $ 4,890.34 

Clay City, Ind 725.00 

Elkhart, Ind 4,869.29 

Flora, Ind 2,221.00 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 

(First) 5,348.55 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 

(Grace) 1,127.59 

Goshen, Ind 1,758.07 

Indianapolis, Ind 1,101.41 

Kokomo, Ind 1,020.95 

Leesburg, Ind 1,857.23 

Osceola, Ind 10,167.80 

Peru, Ind 1,684.56 

Sidney, Ind 1,398.41 

South Bend, Ind 2,581.90 

Warsaw, Ind 4,188.12 

Wheaton, 111 800.00 

Winona Lake, Ind. ... 7,294.91 

Indiana District, Misc. . 300.00 

$ 53,335.13 



IOWA DISTRICT 



Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
Dallas Center, Iowa 
Davenport, Iowa . 
Des Moines, Iowa . 
Garwin, Iowa .... 

Leon, Iowa 

North English, Iowa 
Omaha, Nebr. . . . 
Waterloo. Iowa . . 
Winona. Minn. . . . 
Iowa District, Misc. 



$ 



355.25 

3,935.68 

1,037.44 

65.00 

5,459.68 

1.508.90 

605.54 

92.98 

5,762.37 

152.50 

35.00 

19,010.34 



MICHIGAN DISTRICT 

Alto, Mich $ 1,831.82 

Hastings, Mich 21.08 

Jackson, Mich 180.00 

Lake Odessa, Mich. . . . 907.00 

Lansing, Mich 645.43 

New Troy, Mich 1,775.00 

Trout Lake, Mich. . . . 102.50 

$ 5,462.83 



MID-ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Alexandria, Va $ 1,504.66 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) 2,548.32 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Gay St.) 475.82 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Grace) 11,016.54 

Hanover, Pa 425.30 

Martinsburg, W. Va. .. 1,951.56 
Washington, D.C. 

(First) 4,040.62 

Washington, D.C. 

(Grace) 2,578.66 

Waynesboro, Pa 6,132.26 

Winchester, Va 3,881.99 

Mid-Atlantic District, 

Misc 25.00 

$ 34,580.73 



MIDWEST DISTRICT 

Arvada, Colo $ 1,001.68 

Beaver City, Nebr. . . . 77.70 

Cheyenne, Wyo 100.45 

Colorado Springs, Colo. 3.50 

Counselor, N. Mex. . . . 800.35 

Denver, Colo 1,894.08 

Longview, Texas .... 200.00 

Portis, Kansas 2,362.47 

Taos, N. Mex 500.00 

$ 6,940.23 

NORTHERN ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Allentown,Pa $ 1,032.06 

Elizabethtown, Pa. ... 1,296.62 

Harrisburg, Pa 5,245.73 

Hatboro, Pa 1,963.42 

Lancaster, Pa 7,016.03 

Manheim, Pa 2,058.50 

Myerstown, Pa 898.90 

New Holland, Pa 4,068.25 

Palmyra, Pa 1 ,384.80 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

(First) 6,683.23 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

(Third) 6,472.21 

Stratford, N.J 43.00 

Telford, Pa. 

(Penn Valley) .... 4,246.00 
Wrightsville, Pa. 

(Susquehanna) .... 808.00 

York, Pa 2,502.68 

Northern Atlantic 

District, Misc 238.50 

$ 45,957.93 



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NOR-CAL DISTRICT 

Chico, Calif $ 200.11 

Grass Valley, Calif. .. . 354.82 
Modesto, Calif. 

(Greenwood) 1,731.00 

Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) 9,811.85 

Ripon, Calif 707.99 

Sacramento, Calif. . . . 889.75 

San Jose, Calif 2,012.41 

Tracy, Calif 326.28 

$ 16,034.21 

NORTHCENTRAL 
OHIO DISTRICT 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) . $ 7,518.56 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview) 3,238.66 

Bellville, Ohio 

(Ankenytown) .... 3,213.04 

Bowling Green, Ohio . . 69.76 

Danville, Ohio 853.00 

Defiance, Ohio 893.88 

Findlay,Ohio 1,431.88 

Fremont, Ohio 

(Chapel) 23.79 

Fremont, Ohio 4,763.84 

Gallon, Ohio 401.02 

Lexington, Ohio 733.88 

Mansfield, Ohio 

(Grace) 6,039.14 

Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) 3,405.47 

Worthington, Ohio 

(Columbus) 7,596.15 

Northcentral Ohio 

District, Misc 116.19 

$ 40,298.26 

NORTHEASTERN 
OHIO DISTRICT 

Akron, Ohio 

(Fairlawn) 778.00 

Akron, Ohio (First) .. 5,613.05 

Barberton, Ohio 666.05 

Canton, Ohio 3,716.77 

Cleveland, Ohio 2,090.04 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio . 1,907.52 

Elyria, Ohio 967.11 

Homerville, Ohio .... 4,420.72 

Middlebranch, Ohio .. 6,614.00 

Minerva, Ohio 508.26 

Rittman,Ohio 8,091.02 

Sterling, Ohio 2,561.16 

Wooster, Ohio 29,735.84 

Northeastern Ohio 

District, Misc 28.00 

$ 67,697.54 

NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Albany, Oreg $ 950.00 

Beaverton, Oreg 371.00 

Grandview, Wash 1,013.69 

Harrah,Wash 2,234.52 

Kenai, Alaska 230.55 

Kent, Wash 2,295.15 

Mabton, Wash 602.31 

Portland, Oreg 784.61 



Richland, Wash. . 
Spokane, Wash. 

(Opportunity) 
Sunnyside, Wash. 
Toppenish, Wash. 
Yakima, Wash. . . 



90.91 

348.58 

10,410.19 

1,605.66 

784.56 
21,721.73 



SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Atlanta, Ga $ 1,186.20 

Boones Mill, Va 75.00 

Buena Vista, Va 1,952.64 

Covington, Va 2,632.46 

Hollins, Va 2,153.18 

Johnson City, Tenn. . . 404.48 

Radford, Va 208.00 

Richmond, Va 44.00 

Riner, Va 187.50 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook) 919.74 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) .... 504.00 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 3,023.90 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Washington Heights) 643.40 
Telford, Tenn. 

(Vernon) 1,523.60 

Virginia Beach, Va. . . . 105.00 

Willis, Va 15.00 

Southeast District, 

Misc 30.00 

$ 15,608.10 

SOUTHERN 

CALIFORNIA-ARIZONA 

DISTRICT 

Anaheim, Calif. $ 1,516.76 

Beaumont, Calif 3,350.29 

Bell, Calif 1,094.84 

Bellflower, Calif. 6,842.03 

Cypress, Calif 598.64 

Fillmore, Calif 123.00 

Glendale, Calif 1,341.48 

Grand Terrace, Calif. . . 481 .00 

La Habra, Calif 2,269.96 

La Verne, Calif 1,282.01 

Lakewood, Calif. 

(Artesia) 51.89 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Community) .... 2,736.25 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 26,813.05 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) 3,234.02 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(North Long Beach) 49,590. 1 6 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

(Community) .... 2,519.51 

Montclair, Calif 634.44 

Norwalk, Calif 3,210.04 

Orange, Calif 980.50 

Phoenix, Ariz. 

(Grace) 3,679.96 

Phoenix, Ariz. 

(Northwest) 221.47 

Rialto, Calif 994.59 



Rowland Heights, Calif. 

(Hillside) 

San Bernardino, Calif. 
San Diego, Calif. . . 
San Ysidro, Calif. . . 
Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Santa Maria, Calif. . 
Seal Beach, Calif. . . 

Simi, Calif. 

South Pasadena, Calif 
Temple City, Calif. 

Tucson, Ariz 

West Covina, Calif. 
Westminster, Calif. 
Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) . 
Whittier, Calif. 

(First) 

Southern Calif. -Ariz 

District, Misc. . 



223.79 

2,289.40 

343.00 

676.12 

322.47 

47.86 

1,504.17 
258.39 

1,190.82 
548.36 
439.06 
470.00 

2,314.97 



6,716.47 

5,336.62 

396.64 
$136,644.03 

SOUTHERN 
OHIO DISTRICT 

Brookville, Ohio $ 2,448.18 

Camden, Ohio 408.71 

Clayhole, Ky 537.00 

Clayton, Ohio 1,519.05 

Covington, Ohio 101.46 

Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Rd.) 258.50 

Dayton, Ohio (First) . . 11 ,826.30 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) . . . 10.00 
Dayton, Ohio 

(North Rive rdale) . . 10,139.46 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) . . . 8,081.83 

Dryhill, Ky 70.00 

Englewood, Ohio .... 3,674.92 

Kettering, Ohio 1,229.10 

Sinking Spring, Ohio . . 251.08 

Trotwood, Ohio 1,403.61 

Troy, Ohio 531.15 

Union, Ohio 396.90 

Vandalia, Ohio 978.26 

West Alexandria, Ohio . 314.98 
Southern Ohio 

District, Misc 35.00 



$ 44,215.49 



MISCELLANEOUS 



Akron, Ohio 




(Hillwood Chapel) . 


$ 522.00 


Grace College and 




Seminary 


200.00 


Hawaii 


4,252.94 


National Miscellaneous 


29,588.13 


National SMM 


1,284.43 


National WMC 


15,165.71 




18.30 


Cameron, W. Va 


25.00 



$ 51,056.51 



TOTAL GIFTS TO FMS 
$657,967.45 



March 6, 1971 



HONOR ROLL 



Fifty -eight Churches 
Exceed $3,000 
in 1970 

Brethren 
Foreign Missions 
Offering 

WE CAME CLOSE! 

The greatest offering in Brethren Foreign 
Missions' seventy years of existence! Do these 
words sound trite to you? True, we have been 
able to say "Better than ever before!" each year 
since 1963, but to every person who is in- 
timately involved with our missionaries and 
their work this is banner headline news. 

Who are the people God has used to bring 
this to pass? Most are members of Brethren 
churches, although some, while not belonging 
to our denomination, know and appreciate our 
missionaries and give to support their work. In- 
dividuals on pensions and other limited incomes 
gave regularly and sacrif icially. Some enjoying 
financial prosperity were generous in shoulder- 
ing their responsibility to those still untold. 
Churches with heavy local commitments were 
careful not to forget their outreach into foreign 
lands. Sixty-five percent of the total offering 
came from the churches which gave over 
$3,000 each. Thirty-five percent was given by 
churches, groups, and individuals presenting 
smaller amounts. We are genuinely thankful for 
every one who gave. 

Operating expenses spiraled upward in every 
area. The result was that the expenses were not 
quite balanced by the offering, leaving a deficit 
of about $8,000. This was close, and we believe 
that 1971 will see this amount erased with a 
resulting ability to expand into ever- increasing 
missionary opportunities. 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! 



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Long Beach, Calif. (North Long Beach) $49,590.16 

Wooster, Ohio 29,735.84 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 26,813.05 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 1 1,826.30 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 1 1,016.54 

Sunnyside, Wash 10,410.19 

Osceola, Ind 10,167.80 

Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 10,139.46 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 9,970.55 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 9,811.85 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 9,601.30 

Rittman,.Ohio 8,091.02 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 8,081.83 

Worthington, Ohio (Columbus) 7,596.15 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 7,518.56 

Winona Lake, Ind 7,294.91 

Lancaster, Pa 7,016.03 

Martinsburg, Pa 6,944.09 

Bellflower, Calif 6,842.03 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 6,716.47 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 6,683.23 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla 6,672.43 

Middlebranch, Ohio 6,614.00 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 6,472.21 

Waynesboro, Pa 6,132.26 

Uniontown, Pa 6,090.39 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 6,039.14 

Waterloo, Iowa 5,762.37 

Akron, Ohio (First) 5,613.05 

Garwin, Iowa 5,459.68 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 5,348.55 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 5,336.62 

Harrisburg, Pa 5,245.73 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 5,082.78 

Berne, Ind 4,890.34 

Elkhart, Ind 4,869.29 

Fremont, Ohio 4,763.84 

Conemaugh, Pa 4,568.29 

Homerville, Ohio 4,420.72 

Telford, Pa. (Penn Valley) 4,246.00 

Warsaw, Ind 4,188.12 

New Holland, Pa 4,068.25 

Washington, D.C. (First) 4,040.62 

Dallas Center, Iowa 3,935.68 

Winchester, Va 3,881.99 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 3,763.79 

Canton, Ohio 3,716.77 

Phoenix, Ariz. (Grace) 3,679.96 

Englewood, Ohio 3,674.92 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 3,405.47 

Beaumont, Calif 3,350.29 

Ashland, Ohio (Southview) 3,238.66 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 3,234.02 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 3,227.37 

Bellville, Ohio (Ankenytown) 3,213.04 

Norwalk, Calif 3,210.04 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 3,023.90 

Everett, Pa 3,020.87 



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THi CHILDREN'S PACI 



Myerstown Missionary Helpers 




The Grace Brethren Church at Myerstown, 
Pennsylvania, is one of the newer Brethren 
churches, but they certainly have a fine big 
group of boys and girls in the Missionary 
Helpers Club there. Mrs. Ruth Farmer is the 
leader and she sent this picture of the MH'ers 
there. 

Left to right-Front row: Lindsay Nau- 
man, Kurt Kauffman, Kent Kauffman, Daryl 
Koch. 

Second row: Danielle Bashore, Lynn 
Bashore, Lisa Nauman, Cindy Wenger, Ann 
Louise Deck, Susie Mays, Casper Richard. 

Third row: Donna Wenger, Todd Finley, 
Lori Finley, Colleen Farmer, Ann Bashore, 
Philip Long. 

Fourth row: Duane Koch, Dawn Koch, 
Tracey Finley, Brian Brightbill, Darlene 
Bashore, Joyce Holzman, Janice Holzman. 

Several of the MH'ers were not present 
when the picture was taken; their names are 
Lillian Fisher, Jacob Fisher, John Fisher, 
Barbara Swonger, Joseph Shifflet, and June 
Holzman. 



They Got a Reward ! 



Several members of the MHC at the Lyndhurst 
Grace Brethren Church, Cleveland, Ohio, got a real 
terrific reward for learning their alphabet memory 
verses. It was an airplace ride! The pilot was Mr. 
Herb Tanner from their own church. 

The names of the MH'ers who got this reward 
are Rozanne, Suzanne, and Michael Bitonti, Rich- 
ard and Wesley Holder, and Lori and Timothy 
Shaffer. Their leader is Mrs. Robert Markley. When 
Mrs. Markley sent this picture for the Children's 
Page, she also sent a clipping from a newspaper 
which told about the plane ride the kids got as the 
reward for their memory work. 

Congratulations to these Lyndhurst MH'ers! 




HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY 




IT'S GREAT TO KNOW 
THAT GOD ANSWERED 
PRAYER FOR OUR MIS- 
SIONARIES IN GERMANY 



YES -THEY WANTED 
TO KNOW JUST WHERE 
THEY SHOULD BEGIN 
THE WORK. 



KIDS, THEIR 

NAMES ARE 

MR. $ MRS. 

PEUGH, AND 

THEIR LITTLE 

BOYS ARE 

RYAN, TWO 

YEARS OLD, 

AND BABY 

PHILIP 



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PERU, IND. The Peru Brethren 
Church welcomed Rev. and Mrs. Del- 
mer F. Jacobe and family with a food 
shower at the beginning of their minis- 
try with them. 

There were over 60 in attendance at 
the New Year's Watch Night service 
and a united spirit of great expectation 
of God's blessing for 1971. Please 
change the address in the Annual for 
Rev. and Mrs. Delmer F. Jacobe to: 
260 W. 1 0th St., Peru, Ind. 46970. 

ALTOONA, PA. The congregation 
of the First Brethren Church honored 
Pastor Russell and family with a lovely 
going-away party at the church. 
Among the features of the program 
was the presentation to the pastor of a 
money tree bearing nearly $250 in 
fruit. A unique cake that was deco- 
rated with a church built of sugar and 
a frosting depicting an open Bible was 
displayed (and served). The Russells 
terminated their ministry at Altoona 
the last of January and now are serving 
the Lord in Rittman, Ohio. 

LONG BEACH-PARAMOUNT 
BRETHREN SCHOOLS. The Brethren 
High School choir, 72 strong, was 
featured recently at the American 
Legion Luncheon at the Biltmore 
Bowl. Such notables as the civic lead- 
ers of Los Angeles and Governor 
Ronald Reagan were present. This was 
counted as a golden opportunity for a 
Christian testimony to go forth from 
the youth of today. 

WESTERNPORT, MD. A four and 
one-half year pastorate at the Mill Run 
Grace Brethren Church was concluded 
by Rev. Michael Funderburg to make 
it possible for him to become full-time 
pastor of the Cumberland Grace Breth- 
ren Church. For two years Mr. 
Funderburg was pastor of both 
churches. Pastor John Lancaster, a 
1970 graduate of Washington Bible 
College, is the interim pastor of the 
Mill Run Church. 



MEYERSDALE, PA. The laymen 
of the Grace Brethren Church have a 
worthy project that they will be tack- 
ling as soon as the weather moderates 
—that is the task of blacktopping some 
of the church property in order to 
make it suitable for a parking area. 
Carpet was supplied for the bapistry 
and hall by Verna Honsaker in memo- 
ry of her brother, Theodore Romes- 
burg. The Win-a-Couple Class carpeted 
the Sunday-school office. All of these 
improvements are an evidence of con- 
cern for the Lord's House. Robert 
Burns, pastor. 

HOMERVILLE, OHIO. A call to 
serve as pastor for the 21st consecutive 
year was given to Pastor Robert 
Holmes by the West Homer Brethren 
Church. Another remarkable achieve- 
ment has been recorded at this church 
—to God's glory— the last three years 
the church was able to give more to 
missions than they retained at home. 
Robert Holmes, pastor. 

RICHLAND, WASH. A 50th wed- 
ding anniversary was celebrated Jan. 
17 by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Petty with 
the help of their friends at the Grace 
Brethren Church. Congratulations to 
the Jesse Pettys! Nelson Hall, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. A very happily- 
crowded-congregation of 89 at the 
Huber Heights Church rejoiced in the 
news that the Brethren Home Missions 
Council gave the "Green Light" for 
plans to build, beginning Aug. 1 , Lord 
willing. James Poyner, pastor. 



WINONA LAKE, IND. Dr. Homer 
A. Kent, Jr., announces a Bible Lands 
Pilgrimage scheduled to depart from 
New York City on Aug. 10,1971. This 
will be a ten-day tour, covering Tel 
Aviv, Caesarea, Megiddo, Haifa, Sea of 
Galilee, Nazareth, Samaria, Jerusalem, 
Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of 
Olives, Bethlehem, Jericho, the Dead 
Sea and the Jordan River. Cost of the 
tour is $729, with the option of spend- 
ing an additional four days in Greece 
at extra cost. A payment plan is avail- 
able, if desired. The tour is offered at a 
great savings in price, but not in qual- 
ity as it includes lodging in first-class 
hotels and three meals a day besides 
the delights of the travel. A brochure 
and further information may be ob- 
tained from Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., 
Grace Theological Seminary, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. The news 
editor, Mrs. Leonard Shingleton, of 
the Gay Street Brethren Church, re- 
ported that during the last quarter of 
1970 there were 6 baptisms and 14 
new members received into the mem- 
bership of the church. Gerald Teeter, 
pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Members and 
friends of the First Brethren Church 
were happy to help Mr. and Mrs. 
James Hodson celebrate their 50th 
wedding anniversary on Feb. 12. The 
Hodsons are faithful members of the 
church and are active in the things of 
the Lord. The church took action at 
their annual business meeting to un- 
derwrite the furnishings for the dining 
room and chapel of Grace Brethren 
Village at the approximate cost of 
$6,000.00. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA. A fine 
new parsonage was dedicated by the 
congregation of the Vicksburg Breth- 
ren Church on Feb. 7. Rev. Richard 
Harstine is pastor of this congregation. 





PRAY FOR TH 


Notice of n 


leetings to be listed 


for publical 


ion at least 30 day: 


Qiurch 


Date 


Beaumont, Calif. 


Mar. 14-19 


Albuquerque, N.Mex. 




(Grace Brethren) 


Mar. 21-26 


Palmyra, Pa. 


Mar. 21-26 


Homerville, Ohio 


Mar. 21-28 



ESE MEETINGS 

in this column must be received 
s in advance of scheduled dates. 

Pastor Speaker 

Dale Brock Nathan Meyer 

Jacob Weirich Nathan Meyer 

Arthur Frank Allen Herr 

Robert Holmes Scott Weaver 



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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. Two for- 
ward steps were taken at the annual 
business meeting of the church as they 
voted to raise their pastor's salary and 
to improve the parking facilities at the 
church property by blacktopping the 
lot. A loving and generous spirit was 
also shown by the congregation as 
they recently presented the pastor's 
family with a beautiful red carpet for 
the parsonage living room. Daniel 
Eshleman, pastor. 

NEW DATE FOR 
SUNDAY SCHOOL YEAR 

In recent years, many churches 
have felt that September might be a 
better time to begin the Sunday-school 
year. Because of this, many Sunday 
schools have changed to earlier starting 
dates for the fall quarter. 

After serious consideration, leaders 
from the National Sunday School As- 
sociation, various denominations, and 
Christian organizations recommended 
that Christian publishers consider an 
earlier starting date for the Sunday- 
school year. The first Sunday of Sep- 
tember seemed to have the widest 
acceptance for a new starting date, 
therefore, the new quarter system 
recommended is: 

Fall— September, October, Novem- 
ber 

Winter— December, January, Feb- 
ruary 

Spring-March, April, May 

Summer— June, July, August 

Scripture Press publications will 
have special material for the July and 
August months. Gospel Light materials 
will be available for the regular July, 
August, September quarter, and also 
for the new plan which begins with 
September, October and November. 
Brethren adult materials will be pub- 
lished for the full three-month period 
of July, August and September, and 
then quarterlies will also be available 
for September, October and Novem- 
ber. 

Many churches will plan to start 
their Sunday-school year at the time 
their public school begins. Others may 
prefer to continue with the October 1 
date. 

Remember . . . whichever plan 
your Sunday school chooses to follow, 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
stands ready to serve you promptly 
and efficiently. We want to be of serv- 
ice to you and your church. 



LANCASTER, PA. At the annual 
business meeting of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church Pastor Arthur Malles was 
voted a very substantial raise in salary, 
and it was also voted to send the 
pastor and Mrs. Malles to the Holy 
Land in 1972. Arthur Malles, pastor. 

In Memory 

Death notices appearing in this column must 
be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

ARMAN, Carrie, 63, an active 
member of the First Brethren Church 
of Rittman, Ohio, went to be with the 
Lord on Jan. 24. She served as superin- 
tendent of the Junior Department of 
the Sunday school for over 20 years. 
Rev. Charles Turner officiated at the 
services. 

MACONAGHY, Jane, On Dec. 24, 
1970, while on her way to work, Miss 
Jane Maconaghy, sister of Rev. Hill 



Maconaghy, missionary to Argentina, 
went to be with her Lord. Due to the 
absence of the pastor of the Phila- 
delphia Third Church, Pastor William 
Steffler conducted the memorial serv- 
ice. 

SKIBINSKI, Fred, 82, was called 
home Jan. 19. He had been a charter 
member of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Portland, Oreg. Memorial services 
were held on Jan. 21 by Pastor William 
Schaffer. 

THOMAS, Roy, 73, went to be with 
the Lord Jan. 25. He was a faithful 
member of the Lake Odessa Grace 
Brethren Church of Mich., since 1913. 
Funeral services were held Jan. 28 
with Pastor Richard Cornwell offici- 
ating. 

WALLACE, Ina, 92, went to be 
with the Lord on Jan. 10. She was a 
member of the Silverbell Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Tucson, Ariz. Kenneth 
Curtis, pastor. 



HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1971 NFBC 
NATIONAL CONFERENCE - AUG. 6-13 

Winona Lake, Indiana 
Conference Theme: "I've Found the Answer" 



GREAT AMERICAN RALLY 

• DR. WILLIAM WARD AYER 

• DR. WILBUR NELSON 




EVENING CHALLENGE SPEAKER 
• REV. C. SUMNER WEMP 



CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONVENTION 
• REV. GEORGE GARDINER 



SOUL-WINNING CLINICS 

• LED BY MR. RON PICARD 




March 6, 1971 



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Weak? Nay! He was master of them all! 
Then why did He die? 
Ah! That is the question. 
What is the answer to the mystery of . . 



The Tragedy of the Cross 



By the late Dr. Louis S. Bauman 




Editor's note - This article was used as the 
basis of a radio broadcast on April 5, 1947 
over the ABC radio network. We share it 
with you again as a message that is needed 
today and is timeless in nature. It will bring 
back many fond memories to those who had 
the privilege of hearing Dr. Bauman 's mes- 
sages in the past. 

We live in a world of tragedy. From 
that tragic day when the cherubim of 
God drew their swords and drove our 
first parents out of Eden, until these 
last days when tragic wars have beg- 
gared and degraded mankind, the 
history of the world has been largely 
years of agony upon agony, and 
tragedy upon tragedy. 

Of all the tragic ages, the greatest 
tragedy ever enacted took place on a 
skull-shaped rock just outside the gates 
of Jerusalem. There, with the blood 
oozing from a hundred gashes upon 
His scourged back; with a mass of 
wicked thorns embedded in His brow; 
with cruel spikes tearing the tender 
flesh of His hands and feet; with the 
venomous spittle of men running 
down over His face; with the cry, "My 
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken 
me?" bursting through His parched 
lips, the Lord of glory lifted His eyes 
toward the skies, and cried, "It is 
finished!" Then He dismissed His 
spirit, bowed His head, and died. The 
depth of the meaning of that tragedy 
no man will ever fathom— the eternal 
God insulted by every possible insult, 
and spiked upon the accursed tree. 

If we are to have the slightest un- 
derstanding of that tragedy, there is 
one common error that must never be 
allowed to creep into our minds. That 
error is that Jesus Christ, upon that 
tree, died the death of a martyr. A 
martyr is one hopelessly unable to 
protect himself against those who seek 
his life. Every picture we have ever 
seen of the Christ in the hands of His 
enemies on that terrible night, has 
been the picture of a man with a 



martyr's visage, hopelessly weak and 
unable to defend himself from the tor- 
ments of His murderers. Just the op- 
posite is true. On that night, Jesus, the 
Christ, was the mightiest, the kingliest, 
the most majestic of them all. Spine- 
less throngs, led by Pontius Pilate, 
surged around Him— a mass of human- 
ity morally weak, spiritually weak, 
physically weak. He alone was strong. 

Recall that scene! He was praying 
in Gethsemane. He heard the stealthy 
tread of approaching feet, "A great 
multitude with swords and staves," 
with Judas, the traitor, and the sol- 
diers of Caesar leading on. Jesus arose. 
He shot one glance of the eye that 
could pierce the fathomless depths of 
a universe, and backwards they went, 
falling like dead men to the ground. 
With one glance of that same eye He 
could have hurled to the earth all the 
armies that imperial Caesar ever 
marshaled. 

Then, in marvelous submission, He 
stretched forth His mighty arms for 
the bonds saying: "Proceed! I'll go 
with you, now that you know you 
cannot take Me." Listen to His words: 
"I lay down my life. ... No man 
taketh it from me, but I lay it down of 
myself. I have power to lay it down, 
and I have power to take it again" 
(John 10:17-18). Behold! What a 
sight! Feeble men leading "the Lion of 
the Tribe of Judah" as a lamb to the 
slaughter! 

They led Him into the judgment 
hall. Pilate shouted at Him: "Knowest 
thou not that I have power to crucify 
thee, and have power to release thee?" 
(John 19:10). The almighty Lord 
quickly responded to that boast: 
"Thou couldest have no power at all 
against me, except it were given thee 
from above" (John 19: 1 1). 

Weak? Nay! He was master of them 
all! Then, why did He die? Ah! That is 
the question. And there is only one 



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wer: the death of the Christ must 
e been one awful necessity! Paul 
a the only possible explanation. 
js Christ was of God "set forth to 
a propitiation through faith in his 
ad . . . for the remission of sins." 
died that God "might be just, and 
justifler of him which believeth in 
js" (Rom. 3:25-26). 
Ml of which means that God of this 
verse sits upon a throne established 
ibsolute justice. God must be just! 
at as is His love and mercy, He can- 
dispense His love or His mercy at 
expense of His justice, 
slow, justice demands: "The soul 
t sinneth, it shall die" (Ezek. 18:4). 
;n that fiat went forth from the 
of divine justice, instantly the 
blem of the just, yet merciful God, 
ame: "How can I be just and yet 
; the transgressor of My holy law 
n the death he so justly deserves?" 
ire wax— there is only one answer: 
: penalty of broken law must be 
i before the guilty can be saved; 



divine justice must be satisfied. That 
called for the cross on Calvary. Jesus 
Christ could die, descend into hell, and 
then, in His might, rip the hinges from 
the gates of hell, and arise a victor. 
The guilty sinner has no such power. 
Therefore Christ took the sinner's 
place and paid the price. "He was 
wounded for our transgressions, he 
was bruised for our iniquities: . . . the 
Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of 
us all" (Isa. 53:5-6). 

Now, we know why He yielded 
himself into the jaws of the hounds of 
hell that terrible night. Now we know 
why He did not respond to His tor- 
mentors when they mockingly cried: 
"If thou be the Son of God, come 
down from the cross. ... He saved 
others"; they sneered, "himself he can- 
not save" (Matt. 27:40, 42). They 
spoke more truly than they knew. 

"If from the cross He had come down, 
How strange it would have been 
To see the Christ with awful frown 
Scatter His foes obscene! 



"The Pharisees had cowered then, 
Nor any fresh sign carved 
From the acknowledged King of men- 
But would we have been saved?" 

Mrs. Leona Cole of Long Beach, 
California, once heard me speak on 
this subject. Then she picked up her 
pen and wrote: 

"Jew and Gentile, Scribe and Pharisee 
Were in the mob that clamored for the 

tree 
They followed up the hill and did not 

know 
That it was love, not whips, that made 
Him go! 

"The soldiers, 'mid the howling rabble 

bands. 
Made sure the spikes that tore His feet 

and hands. 
Their exultation pierced the murky air- 
But it was love, not nails, that held Him 

there!" 

No, my friends, you will never, 
never, never understand the mystery 
of the tragedy of the cross, until you 
understand that "it was love, not nails, 
that held Him there!" # 



BRETHREN MISSIONARf HERALD GIVING - 1970 




The top twenty churches 




Church Pastor Amount 




Winona Lake, Ind. Charles Ashman $ 1,787.40 




Jenners, Pa. James Hoffmeyer 1,068.36 




Wooster, Ohio Kenneth Ashman 937.20 




Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) Robert Collitt 864.54 




Rittman, Ohio Robert Russell 808.27 




Fort Lauderdale, F la. Jack Peters 789.11 




Warsaw, Ind. Mark Malles 719.52 




Ankenytown, Ohio Larry Gegner 617.75 




Homerville, Ohio Robert Holmes 598.80 




Johnstown, Pa. (First) Wesley Haller 597.50 




Fremont, Ohio J. Ward Tressler 559.00 




Winchester, Va. Paul Dick 556.62 




Dayton, Ohio (First) G. Forrest Jackson 554.60 




Harrisburg, Pa. Earle Peer 536.50 




Uniontown, Pa. True Hunt 487.74 




Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) Richard Grant 432.50 




Bellflower, Calif. Edwin Cashman 412.17 




Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) M. Lee Myers 382.63 




Portis, Kans. Bill Stevens 374.00 




Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) A. Harold Arrington 366.75 




1971 BMH TOTAL GOAL - $35,000 




Set a family goal of $10.00 for publications! 





rch 6, 1971 



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Fourth in a series on the WMC 1970-71 Birthday Missionaries 



God Uses Many Ways 



Many years ago a little five-year-old 
came to her mother crying, "1 don't 
think I will ever get to Africa." When 
she grew up, however, she did make it 
to Africa— but the years between and 
the way the Lord continued to lead in 
that direction would fill a small vol- 
ume if all the details were written. 

Back when I was that little girl of 
five, my parents had come to know 
the Lord and were members of the 
Brethren church at Harrah, Washing- 
ton, pastored then by Rev. Curtis Mor- 
rill, a returned missionary from Africa. 
This was the root of my early interest 
in that particular field. 

The Lord uses many ways to bring 
about His will in our lives. For me, 
certainly one of the greatest of these 
was dedicated Christian parents with a 
strong missionary interest. Our church 
also played an important role with 
programs such as BYF, SMM, and 
youth camps, along with many visiting 
missionaries. 

After dedicating my life to the 
Lord when I was nine, Africa con- 
tinued to be my ultimate goal up until 
the time I went to Grace College. Then 
during the summer after my freshman 
year, the Lord allowed me the privi- 
lege of being a summer missionary at 
Taos, New Mexico. This definitely 

Eddie, Linda and Suzanne Mensinger 




By Mrs. Eddie Mensinger 

Missionary to A frica 

stimulated my interest in missions— 
and not for Africa only, for home mis- 
sions and Spanish- American missions 
had been added and God's will for me 
was no longer as definite as before. 

Shortly after my summer at Taos— 
in fact, during my sophomore year at 
Grace College— my fondness for a 
young man named Eddie Mensinger 
began to grow. His goal was to become 
a home-mission pastor. After a period 
of time we felt definitely that the 
Lord would have us serve Him to- 
gether. Three years later, when I had 
finished nurse's training, we were mar- 
ried. 

During Eddie's last year at Grace 
Seminary, the Lord began to speak to 
us about the field of Africa. Our hearts 
were touched by the great need there. 
However, after Eddie's graduation it 
was not the Lord's time for us to go to 
Africa, and instead He led us to 
Arvada, Colorado, to begin a new 
home-mission testimony. Although the 
work was difficult and often dis- 
couraging, we did see blessings, and 
many times we have thanked God for 
the experiences He gave us there be- 
fore going to the foreign field. 

Even while we were busy in the 
work at Arvada, God continued to lay 
Africa before us. Sometimes it was by 
a visiting missionary, or perhaps a let- 
ter from Africa. 

At national conference in 1963, 
through a message by Rev. Wayne 
Beaver, God spoke to our hearts, and 
the next day we let our interest in the 
foreign field be known to Dr. Russell 
Barnard, who was then the FMS 
general secretary. From then on the 
Lord led more definitely. We were 
given final approval at conference in 
1964 and finished our ministry at 
Arvada in November of the same year. 
In May of 1965 when we arrived in 
Bangui, Central African Republic, the 
fear I'd had as a five-year-old was com- 
pletely dispelled. I wish there were 
some way to describe the peace and 



joy we had in knowing that we were 
just where the Lord wanted us. How I 
thank Him that through early training 
I was taught to heed God's will. 

We are now in our second term of 
missionary service, and have spent 
most of our time at Yaloke. My hus- 
band teaches in the School of Theolo- 
gy and the James Gribble High School. 
I have been involved in the medical 
work and OTN (women's work). I also 
teach a class to the wives of School of 
Theology students and help some in 
the music program, as well as the 
necessary work of being a wife and 
being a mother to our twenty-one- 
month-old daughter, Suzanne. 

I feel that God has blessed us 
abundantly in calling us to Africa. We 
feel that it is a great work and so much 
remains to be done. How we praise 
Him that He has given us the oppor- 
tunity of having a part in His program 
of world evangelization. 

POSTSCRIPT: A little more insight into the 
life of Linda Mensinger, an energetic mis- 
sionary with an irrepressible sense of humor, 
might be gained through a personal letter 
which accompanied the foregoing article, 
and so I am taking the liberty of including 
the following excerpts from that letter.- 
Marcia Wardell. 

Christmas came and went and we 
had a busy time. Christmas out here is 
always very enjoyable; in fact, I must 
admit that when on furlough I was a 
wee bit homesick for Africa at Christ- 
mas time. The church program as usual 
was excellent; these people are such 
good actors. We then had everyone on 
the station together Christmas night 
for a party. We are really quite a gang 
here at Yaloke, and we had a great 
time. 

Suzie is growing like a bad weed. At 
twenty-one months she acts very much 
like two or more and is as tall if not 
taller than many two-year-olds. She 
dearly loves the Africans and they love 
her, too. She will go to any African, 
but as for strange white people, she 
will have nothing to do with them un- 
til she gets to know them quite well. 
She is quite a little ham and really en- 

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WMC 

Assists 

BSLV 



By Dr. Harold Etling 

Director, BSL V Program 

Are you one of the many who pray 
daily for one or more of our BSLV 
members? Perhaps you have not been 
privileged to hear of some of the an- 
swers to your prayers. I am blessed in 
a particular way since I have the op- 
portunity of serving as the director of 
this program. Let me share with you 
some very recent excerpts from letters 
to our office— yet keeping confidences 
with the young people by keeping 
their identity hidden. 

"Dear Mr. Etling: Thank you for 
your recent letter and the lovely book 
which has been such a help to me in 
my Christian life. I am now a student 
at Grace College, preparing to serve 
the Lord after college days in the work 
of teaching either on a mission field or 
at home. . ." 

Here is another-"Dear Mr. Etling: 
Thank you for the birthday card. It is 
so wonderful to know that some are 
praying for me. I am now a sophomore 
in high school, and praying the Lord 
will lead me as I finish school and then 
go on to college." 

"Dear Mr. Etling: We have moved 
and I wanted to send you my new ad- 
dress. Please pray for (several names 
included) who have dropped away 
from our church. I fear they are turn- 
ing away from the Lord. . ." 

"Dear Mr. Etling: Please continue 
to pray for me as I try to witness to 
some of my classmates. They do not 




always want to hear when I try to 
share with them, and then I drop the 
direct approach, and pray that the 
Lord will give me another oppor- 
tunity. When I finish school here, I 
plan to go to Grace College if I can get 
in. Please tell me about how to enter 
Grace College." 

Do these kind of letters make you 
rejoice that a program like BSLV ever 
got a start? 

We need your continued prayers. 
Oh, yes— perhaps I should tell you 
again BSLV stands for Brethren 
Student Life Volunteers. It is open to 



all young people of Brethren churches 
who submit their lives to Christ, to 
serve Him in whatever way and place 
He shall direct. When a decision of life 
commitment is made, one way of fol- 
lowing it up is to get that young 
person to enroll in BSLV. We immedi- 
ately contact them and keep in touch 
with them through their days of 
school life. 

Each church should have a BSLV 
supervisor with whom we can work. 
We will be happy to furnish infor- 
mation to any church not already in- 
volved. W 



March 6, 1971 



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David, Bobby and Mark Bray 



Three Precious Gifts 



I had just finished wrapping the last 
Christmas gift this past Christmas. As I 
was tying the final bow I reflected on 
an event that had happened a few days 
before. 

It was the first morning of Christ- 
mas vacation. I had been looking for- 
ward to this morning as it was my 
husband's day off, and one of the two 
mornings during the school year we 
could all sleep in. We were tired from 
the many Christmas activities. Sudden- 
ly my sound sleep was broken with the 
coughing and crying of our four-year- 
old. He had awakened and was very 
sick to his stomach. The commotion 
disturbed the other two boys, and in 
minutes they were out of bed. Our 
morning to sleep in had ended! 

While I tended to Bobby, the sick 
one— Mark, our five-year-old, was try- 
ing to glue a toy that had broken. By 
the time I discovered him, the glue was 
well dripped over the new shag carpet. 
A few minutes later, David, the two- 
year-old spilled his orange juice across 
the dining table. With that I climbed 
back into bed and decided I'd rather 
be a Daddy that day than a Mommy. 
With what bedlam that day's events 
had started! 

I was still feeling sorry for myself 
later that day when Daddy, the boys 
and I went to a nearby shopping 



center to select Christmas gifts for the 
church staff. (Bobby's nausea had 
passed.) While we were deciding which 
gifts to buy, the boys were playing 
hide-and-seek between cartons of Pizza 
Chips and Sesame Sticks. We decided 
to go to a restaurant for a snack to 
think over our possible purchases— it 
was a little hard to think in the store. 
This is when it happened. 

On the way to the restaurant the 
boys were given three free balloons 
filled with helium. We had quite a time 
because the balloons kept sticking to 
the ceiling in the restaurant and the 
waitress was getting tangled in the long 
strings. I finally tied the strings to my 
purse, the three balloons still waving in 
the air. We felt as though everyone was 
staring at us. 

There were two elderly ladies sit- 
ting at a table across the aisle from us. 
We were sure they were wishing we 
would go away. (By this time the boys 
were arguing about which one had the 
largest slice of goodies.) One of the 
ladies finally spoke up and said, "We 
were just looking at and enjoying your 
three precious gifts." Thinking at first 
she must surely have meant our Christ- 
mas purchases we smiled back. Then 
she came to our table and said, "You 
see, my husband and I couldn't have 
any children. We are old and lonely 



By Mrs. Douglas Bray 

Pastor's Wife, Westminster, Calif. 

now. Those three are the most 
precious gifts you could ever want to 
have. Enjoy them. They're a lot of 
trouble aren't they, Mommy? (and 
with that I recalled in my mind the 
earlier events of the day)— but it is 
worth every troublesome moment." 
With that she walked off to pay her 
check. 

Truly our children are "precious 
gifts" sent from heaven. It is so often 
difficult to be wise and patient 
parents. But we know that as Chris- 
tians we can daily ask the Lord to give 
us wisdom and patience to accomplish 
one of the hardest, yet most rewarding 
tasks of a lifetime. We know that God 
understands because He gave His 
"precious gift," His Son, to die on the 
cross for our sins. This is far more than 
we are asked to do. 

So, Mommy and Daddy, when you 
feel like "throwing in the sponge" just 
remember that God has given to us 
"precious gifts" as a means of teaching 
us many lessons we might not other- 
wise learn. Some days may not be 
easy. However, we can and should 
thank Him for these "precious gifts" 
he has entrusted to our care. # 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President -Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Ran- 
dall Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035 
First Vice President (Proj. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Ralph Hall, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Second Vice President (Prog. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Phillip Simmons, 10600 S. E. 226th St., 

Kent, Wash. 98031 
Recording Secretaiy-Mrs. Gerald Kelley, 

Box 67, New Troy, Mich. 491 19 
Assistant Recording Secretary-Mrs. Dan 

Pacheco, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Robert 

Ashman. 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, Ind. 46590 
Assistant to the Financial Secretary-Treasur- 
er-Mrs. Donald Sellers, Hi-Vu Mobile 

Court-Lot 36, Lexington, Ohio 44904 
Literature Secretary-Mrs. Charles Koontz, 

R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chairman -Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 

604 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, Route 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 46711 
Assistant SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald 

Franks, 1513 Greenhill Dr., Warsaw, Ind. 

46580 



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The Solon Hoyts returned to Argentina this past January following 
their furlough year in the United States. En route back to the field they 
had the privilege of stopping for several days in Brazil, where they visited 
most of the Brethren missionaries and mission stations. 

During the furlough year the two older Hoyt children were married. 
Rita is now Mrs. Michael Koch, and she and her husband are working with 
Operation Mobilization in Vienna, Austria. Lynn and his wife, Mary, live 
in Indiana. Their second son, Aldo, also remained in the U.S., and now 
only the two younger boys, Ivan and Alan, are with their parents. 

The Hoyts' new assignment is to begin a work in Argentina's capital, 
Buenos Aires, a metropolis of several million people. The Lord has an- 
swered prayer in helping them find a home, but much more prayer is a 
continuing need as they seek people with hearts prepared to receive the 
Gospel. 



God Uses Many Ways 

(Continued from page 16) 

joys entertaining people. Her after- 
noon babysitter usually takes her to 
Elsie Balzer's choir practice and she 
loves to "sing" with them. 

We are now in our new house and 
have just finished getting linoleum 
laid. It really looks quite nice for the 
moment. We certainly enjoy it. Al 
(Balzer) really did a lovely job. Several 
little jobs remain to be done, like get- 
ting curtains up in the bathroom and 
kitchen. . . . 

In two hours we will be having a 
watch night service at Gail's (Jones) 
place, so I am trying to get some corre- 
spondence done before then. One of 
the students fell tonight and broke his 
wrist, and Eddie will be taking him to 
Bangui tomorrow morning to have it 
X-rayed and set; consequently, we will 
have a way to get letters out. It is un- 
fortunate that it has to be a trip such 
as this, but be they bad or good, we 
try to take advantage of every oc- 
casion. 



1ISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - MAY 



AFRICA 

Karen Sue Walker May 1 1, 1955 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African 
Republic. 

Daniel Keith Hocking May 21, 1958 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African 
Republic. 

Mrs. David W. Shargel May 23 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Camille Sue Cone May 26, 1955 

c/o Roy B. Snyder, B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African 
Republic. 

ARGENTINA 

Benjamin Paul Fay May 22, 1961 

Corrientes 2, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, 
Argentina, S.A. 

BRAZIL 

Mrs. Earle C. Hodgdon May 13 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Nathan Allen Johnson May 14, 1959 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Mrs. Ernest H. Bearinger May 1 5 

Caixa Postal 368, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Marilyn Joy Johnson May 17, 1957 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

EUROPE 

Mr. Daniel L. Hammers May 25 

Chateau de St. Albain, 71 - Lugny, France. 



MEXICO 

Mrs. James P. Dowdy May 4 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924. 

Laura Marguerita Guerena May 9, 1958 

Apartado 8-961, Mexico 8, D.F., Mexico. 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Miss Grace Byron May 7 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Margaret Ann McDairmant May 11, 1965 

c/o D. D. Terry, 2504 Madrid Way S., St. Petersburg, 
Florida 33712. 

Rev. Robert J. Cover May 19 

570 W. Whittier, Tracy, California 95376. 



March begins the offering emphasis for 
Foreign Missions. Our project this year is 
to provide funds for Bible commentaries 
in Sango for Africa. Our goal is $4,500. 



March 6, 1971 



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A Baker's 
Dozen 



We of the Midwest District are 
happy to announce that we now have 
thirteen WMC's, three having been 
established in 1970. Truly the Lord is 
blessing us. 

On January 15, three of our coun- 
cils held a special meeting in Denver 
honoring two of our Africa mission- 
aries, Miss Ruth Kent and Mrs. Minnie 
Kennedy. This proved to be a very in- 
formative meeting and also a time 
when we all enjoyed fine fellowship. 




The Talitha Council in Denver was 
happy to open its missionary chest so 
the missionaries could have gifts of 
their own choosing. 

There are several WMC ladies in the 
district who are conducting Child 
Evangelism classes and find it a very 
rewarding experience. 

We of the Denver Talitha Council 
are privileged to spend some time each 



month at a nursing home. The patients 
love to sing the old favorite hymns and 
enjoy the goodies we provide. 

We are looking forward to our an- 
nual spring rally in April with five of 
our councils participating. Inasmuch as 
our district is scattered, covering ap- 
proximately 1,000 miles, it is im- 
possible for the entire district to meet 
more than twice a year. 



WMC Recommended Books 



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Born Out of Conflict— an auto- 
biography of Ben Song, as told to Cliff 
Christians. 

"We Christians never have prob- 
lems, just situations." These are the 
words of Ben Song, a Korean preacher, 
teacher, evangelist. His is a most in- 
credible story— as the son of an aristo- 
cratic Korean family who was or- 
phaned at the age of seven, plunged 
from a life with plenty to one of star- 
vation and want. You will be spell- 
bound as you follow him from man- 
sion to only a cave for shelter; from a 
life as a beggar boy to his life in an 
orphanage as the one who was re- 
quired to bury the dead babies. His 
miraculous new birth, the determi- 
nation to get an education, his loneli- 
ness, his strength and perseverance— all 
will thrill you. Every chapter is a testi- 
mony of supernatural love and power. 



Ready 



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Ben Song says: "Never has the hunger 
for Jesus Christ been greater. Our out- 
reach to the rag pickers in the slums, 
the outcast blind, the criminals in 
prison, . . . the millions across Asia, 
the youth and unsaved in America- 
God has increased these opportunities 
a hundredfold." This book is a 
"must." 
L'Abri-Edith Schaeffer 

"L'Abri" is the French word for 
shelter, a shelter for anyone in need of 
spiritual help. It has been called a mis- 
sion to the intellectuals, but it was not 
planned that way. Indeed, it was not 
planned at all. In this book, Mrs. 
Schaeffer tells how she and her hus- 
band with their three young daughters 
gave up a pastorate to go to Switzer- 
land because they felt God needed 
them in Europe. 

They began by opening their home 



to friends, mainly students in need of 
the Lord. The Schaeffers led in dis- 
cussions and answered questions as 
they presented Christ as Saviour. This 
simple work expanded until now there 
are several chalets in Switzerland and a 
house in London where people can 
come who wish answers to basic philo- 
sophical problems. 

This is an especially valuable book 
for women because the writer de- 
scribes her family life and the manner 
in which these problems mingled with 
those of the mission. So often the 
work with which she glorified God was 
woman's work— cooking, dishwashing, 
cleaning, and simply being a mother. 

Under the Parsonage Roof— Althea S. 
Miller 

Have you ever looked at the calm, 
poised wife of your pastor, and won- 
dered if she is always cool and ef- 
ficient? Or does she occasionaly have 
some of the crises so familiar to the 
ordinary households? 

Althea Miller has removed the roof 
of the parsonage, to show us just what 
does happen in a pastor's family of 
nine children. We read of joys and 
triumphs, griefs and bereavement, as 
well as humorous incidents and simple 
fatigue and frustrations. Somehow, no 
matter what happens, Mrs. Miller 
manages to bring a spiritual lesson 
from it. 

(WMC Editor 's Note: We are grateful to Mrs. 
Lucille Smith, Ashland, Ohio, for these 
book reviews. Remember that your WMC 
may order these books from the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590.) 



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Inmta in life 

"Help," she cried three times from 
an open window, but neighbors and 
passers-by who heard the cry didn't 
raise a finger either to investigate or 
help. Nobody wanted to become in- 
volved in an unknown situation. Next 
day a roommate found her body. 
Death, for lack of a moment's invest- 
ment of self in another's life. 

From the spate of scientific dis- 
coveries—the laser beam to develop- 
ment of computers that "think" and 
the achievement of men stepping onto 
the moon, one could guess that nearly 
all people are caught up in some sort 
of exciting involvement with life. 
Trouble is, this just isn't so. Most in- 
volvement seems to be with technolo- 
gy, ideas and things— not with people. 
The creative Christian woman wants to 
make a personal investment of herself 
in people who have need. 

Who needs help that you can give? 
Practically everyone you know within 
your sphere of living. Does everyone 
want your help? NO! So how do you 
ascertain where to begin and with 
whom? God's Spirit will guide you 
"where" on the basis of what He sees 
in your heart. As to "whom," those in 
your home take priority, even when 
they don't especially want your help. 
The enormous present need of many 
people is often traceable to lack of 
family concern. Don't add to this 
number by neglecting your own. It is 



By Althea S. Miller 



imperative that you establish priori- 
ties. 

What are the limits of involvement 
considering the price and value of your 
investment? Surely the whole man— 
the physical, intellectual-emotional 
and spiritual reaches of God's "fearful- 
ly and wonderfully made" human. 
Don't grasp at the enormity of the 
task; you take just one step at a time 
in pertinent order. 

People rarely have to be reminded 
of what they'll gain from wise personal 
investments of money and time in 
securities, ideas and things growing out 
of technological research. Even Chris- 
tians have become portfolio conscious. 
This doesn't necessarily constitute sin 
unless such priorities supersede the 
more important. Take a look at the 
important. 

Time and facts confirm the con- 
clusion that both the evangelical and 
liberal blocs of Christians have erred in 
their placement of priorities. The for- 
mer says, at least by action, Get a man 
saved (spiritual needs) and all other 
areas of his life will fall into place. He 
will automatically learn to work, be 
fed, housed and satisfied. In effect, 
liberals say, Get a man out of the ghet- 
to, give him food, guaranteed income, 
entertainment, pleasant environment 
(human needs) and he will quickly 
learn to "be good," love God and be- 
come a productive citizen. Why has 
neither theory been proved thoroughly 
correct? 

Most of the people who read this 
paper don't know the agonies of de- 
vastating, continuous hunger with the 
uncertainties of how or if we'll get an- 
other crust tomorrow. But think! How 



can a man be concerned about "spirit- 
ual food" or a pie-in-the-sky eternity 
when he is too hungry for his brain to 
function or his heart to respond in the 
now? 

Then there's that other approach 
that feeds, clothes, and upgrades en- 
vironment. Why are those advocates 
doomed to disappointment? Isn't it 
because God says that man does not 
live by bread alone; that a man's life 
consists not in the abundance of the 
things which he possesses? 

Creative women will put both these 
viewpoints in their proper perspective. 
After alleviating sufferings so that a 
man can listen and think, you will con- 
currently point him to the Bread and 
Water of life by loving, leading and 
praying him into tasting of that which 
is eternally satisfying, even Jesus 
Christ, the only Saviour of mankind. 

To build the physical and attempt 
to support the emotional while disre- 
garding the spiritual is like expecting a 
three-legged stool to be properly 
balanced on two. Except that the con- 
sequences in the human realm are 
usually devastating. Every man has a 
God-sized space in his being which can 
be filled only by Him who is Creator 
and re-Creator of man through Jesus 
Christ. Man-made religions can't fit 
into that space; human psychological 
concepts are too malformed to mesh; 
the human intellect cannot, indeed, 
will not accommodate to God's 
"shape" in the inner man. 

All of which leads me to say that 
the creative woman will critically ex- 
amine her own spiritual posture and 
bring it into conformity with God's 
mold. This can be done only as she 
permits God to be God, coming in the 
only way acceptable to Him: ". . . no 
man cometh unto the Father, but by 
me [Jesus]" (John 14:6). Once her 
spirit is in accord with the Father, all 
her love and learning in the emotional 
-intellectual sphere will reach full 
potential; the physical will grow to its 
productive best. Then her investment 
in life-that of her family, community 
and world will reap rich dividends. 

Christian families are finding that 
life and interaction with it is not get- 
ting easier. Nor will it. Today, some- 
body needs help in carrying a heavy 
load; cries out for a listening ear, and 
desperately calls for an understanding 
heart. Didn't I hear you say you have 
an investment to make? * 



March 6, 1971 



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It was an unusual service at the 
Community Brethren Church that 
night. George Link, minister of music, 
stood at the pulpit and said, "Pastor, 
all we ask of you tonight is to make 
the announcements and receive the 
offering." 

The announcements were made and 
the offering was taken. 

"It will not be necessary for you to 
preach tonight, Pastor," continued Mr. 
Link, "because the sermon will be 
given through recounting the 17 years 
of your ministry here. This is your life, 
Pastor Ward A. Miller." 

The ministry was a fruitful 1 7 years 
for Pastor Miller at the Community 
Brethren Church of Whittier, Cali- 
fornia. A decision to begin a new 
ministry at the Greenwood Grace 
Brethren Church in Modesto would 
soon bring it to an end. Over 500 
church members, relatives and friends 
gathered for the evening service Janu- 
ary 3 to thank him and bid him fare- 
well. 

Taken completely by surprise. 
Pastor Miller sat back to enjoy the re- 
mainder of the program. Through care- 
ful planning and closely guarded de- 
tails, a host of people were secretly 



brought in from all over the country 
to be in the service. Many who were 
not able to come sent tape-recorded 
messages. 

Many special guests were on hand 
for the occasion. Lorraine Marshall, 
twin sister of the pastor's wife, was 
flown in from Ridgewood, New 
Jersey. Present to relate childhood in- 
cidents was Mrs. Martha Lohnes, the 
pastor's sister. 

Former staff members present 
were: Dr. Lloyd Schoen, Mr. and Mrs. 
Gordon Borror, Mr. and Mrs. Mert 
Lambert, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack 
Schwarz. 

Present via tape recordings were: 
Mrs. R. Paul Miller, Sr., Rev. Carl 
Miller, Rev. and Mrs. Dale Brock, Mrs. 
Kathie Kingery (daughter), David 
Miller (son), and Harry Froehlich, Jr. 

Staff members of the church and 
Whittier Christian High School who 
gave testimonies were: George Link; 
Marian McBride, pastor's secretary; T. 
R. Partee, chairman of the board of 
directors, W.C.H.S.; and Gene Birdsall, 
principal, W.C.H.S. 

Additional testimonies were given 
by former members Bud Hooker, Mel 
Grimm and Al Kruis. 




Mrs. Lorraine Marshall (left), Mrs. Miller's twin sister, was flown in from New Jersey for the 
occasion. 



After 17 fruitful years at Whittier . . 



This Is Your Uje r 




Radiant testimonies came from 
Homer McCoy, Arthur Eide, Pierre 
Soubeyran and Pam Vogel— all new 
Christians in the church. 

Phyllis Allen, a student in Mrs. 
Miller's first kindergarten class in the 
day school, and Randy Watson, who 
trusted Christ as his Saviour after a 
chapel message by Pastor Miller, con- 
cluded the testimony time. 

In appreciation of the years of serv- 
ice to the church, Pastor and Mrs. 
Miller received an automobile and a 
substantial gift of money for a trip to 
the Holy Land from the congregation. 
Mr. Dan Shedd, principal of the Chris- 
tian day school operated by the 
church, presented them with addi- 
tional money for the trip. 

As a conclusion to the evening, the 
Millers were given a cake with the in- 
scription, "Well done, thou good and 
faithful servants 1953-1971." 
-Submitted by Marian McBride # 




(Above) Pastor and Mrs. Miller received an 
automobile and money for a trip to the 
Holy Land from the church. (Below) For 
refreshments, the Millers were given a cake 
with the inscription "Well done, thou good 
and faithful servants 1953-1971." 




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PAUL rne AposvlB. 



Fearless Christian Missionary 
HIS LETTERS BECAME SCRIPTURE 

PAUL ESTABLISHED MANY CHURCHES ON 
HIS MISSIONARY JOURNEYS, AND LATER 
KEPT /N CONTACT WITH THEM THROUGH 
LETTERS (EPISTLES). SOME OF THESE 
LETTERS WERE WRITTEN IN PRISON. 

j God said : "he is a chosen vessel 

: UNTO M£, TO BEAR MY NAME BEFORE 
: THE GENTILES AND KINGS, AND THE 
: CHILDREN OF ISRAEL . " acts 9. is : 



>AUL CARRIED OUT THIS SPECIAL MISSION FAITHFULLY, AND 
THE STORY OF HIS LIFE IS A GREAT ADVENTURE FOR CHRIST: 




FIVE TIMES RECEIVED I 
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christian himself. he traveled far, suffered much and gave 
his life in preaching the gospel of christ jo the world. 



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Christian Heritage 

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Church News 12 

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Operation Fruit for Africa 15 

Alexander Mack and the Brethren 16 

The Keeper of the Cloak 17 

Music Major Isn't Gravy at Grace 18 

Grace Students Go to Prison 20 

Grace Grad Honored 22 

Go to School This Summer! 23 

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Thoughts on 

the Future of the Church 

One of the more widely discussed 
topics of the day is the future of the 
church. This is a matter of interest 
both to the religious and secular press 
and the opinions are as varied as the 
snowflakes. The reason for the differ- 
ence of opinion is a result of what 
people think the church to be. So we 
have to identify the subject before we 
can try to chart the course of her 
future. 

In the minds of most writers the 
church is defined as a religious- 
structured organization in which in- 
dividuals band themselves together for 
pursuit of a body of beliefs. This takes 
into consideration a very wide spec- 
trum of religious ideas, but the key 
words here are structured organiza- 
tion. This description covers the whole 
area, from the great cathedrals to the 
small white country church, but it is in 
the minds of people— the church. 

The church is undergoing great 
change at the present time and her 
future pathway is now reaching a more 
defined course of action. The great 
wave of interest that followed World 
War II and moved the church into a 
prime position in the communities 
now seems to have spent itself. The 
tide appears to be moving out and the 
leaders are searching for new ways to 
keep the organization going. Faced 
with swelling budgets and shrinking 
congregations it is getting harder to 
pay the bills and to keep the congre- 
gations interested in the total program 
of the church. 

Leisure time is increasing as the 
weekends are getting longer and the 
people are becoming more restless. 
While unions push for a shorter work 
week— a four-day work week and a 
three-day weekend-Congress passes 
new legislation to increase the number 
of holidays that will be observed on 
Monday. This year 13 percent of the 
weekends will be long ones. 

In desperation the church seeks to 
find an answer to place herself back in 
the good graces of a disinterested 
-membership. She seeks out other 
churches in the same situation and 
then merges to help cut the overhead. 
In many of the major denominations, 
staffs have been cut drastically to 
reconcile income and outgo. The 
church finds her program being more 





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and more in line with that of the 
world and the line of demarcation is 
broken down. It is hard at times, by 
the sound of things, to tell whether 
you are in Joe's place or the First 
Church. The confusion of it all makes 
it difficult to understand what the 
message at the First Church really 
is— whether spoken or sung! 

What has brought the church as an 
organization to such a low state in the 
minds of people to whom it must 
minister? Is there a loss of respect, 
that has resulted from the liberal 
churches failing to place the Word of 
God and its message clearly before 
people as their only hope? Is it the 
frustration of honest people who see 
the fundamental churches split by dis- 
sension and lack of love and often 
doing God's work in an inefficient and 
ineffective manner? These factors have 
had their impact on the thinking of 
the people, along with the constant 
pressure of Satan who is seeking to 
undo the work of God in the church. 
The future of the church as an organi- 
zation is not the brightest, but it is not 
all dim either if the church will seek to 
be what God wants it to be. 

This brings us to a further defini- 
tion of the word "church" in its fullest 
sense-the Body of Christ. The Body 
of Christ is made up of those who by 
faith have been united with Christ 
through the new birth. Here the future 
is as bright as the promises of God. I 
still have great faith in the body of 



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By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



believers who will accept the Word of 
God as truth and seek to follow it. The 
church in this sense cannot fail be- 
cause God has promised ultimate 
victory. Let me also say that I believe 
that the church organized on this basis 
has a great future and is still the most 
effective way of carrying on a local 
ministry and a missionary program at 
home and abroad. 

History teaches us the lesson that 
to break off in small units to seek a 
sheltered existence has never proved to 
be of any great success in effective 
service. The monasteries and cloisters 
of past centuries prompt the thoughts 
that the Christian way has never been 
that of retreating to a tightly bound 
group to rehash pet opinions and 
theories. Rather, it has been living and 
teaching while out in the mainstream 
of life. That is where the action for 
God has really been. If there is a 
doubt, read about the men of faith of 
Hebrews 1 1. 

The future of the true church re- 
mains as it always has been. An out- 
look that involves struggle, tempta- 
tions and difficulties. A true labor of 
love for God that demands a faithful- 
ness to Him until He calls each mem- 
ber of the body home, one by one. 
Then at a special moment of time, the 
last remaining members of the 
"family" will be called home en masse 
at the rapture. 

The future of The Church is very 
bright. W 



March 20, 1971 



w, 



r hy, how and when did the 
Brethren Movement begin? Wherein 
does it differ from other denomination- 
al groups? These and similar questions 
are often asked by strangers who come 
in contact with Brethren people. As in 
the case of all other denominations, 
there are definite answers to such 
questions. Informed Brethren people 
can tell the story of the beginnings and 
development of their Fellowship. As in 
most cases, God used a man to bring 
this denomination into existence. 

Alexander Mack is his name. He 
was born at Schriesheim, Germany, in 
1679, of pious parents who belonged 
to the Reformed Church. This was one 
of the three state churches in Germany 
at that time, the other two being the 
Roman Catholic and the Lutheran. To 
belong to any other was to be a 
heretic. Mack in his early years became 
dissatisfied with the formalism and 
superficial study of the Scriptures that 
characterized the state churches to a 
large degree, and he became a Separa- 
tist. In due time, he located in 
Schwarzenau, a quiet village on the 



Eder River in Westphalia. Here he 
plied the trade of a miller and became 
quite well to do. In Schwarzenau he 
enjoyed close fellowship with other 
Separatists, especially with Ernst 
Christopher Hochmann, an ardent 
pietist. Together Mack and Hochmann 
made many preaching trips along the 
Rhine. Mack learned much from this 
companion in the realm of preaching 
and Bible content. Mack agreed with 
Hochmann in stressing the importance 
of consistent living as well as right 
doctrine. They talked heart to heart 
about the religious conditions of the 
time, the matters of New Testament 
ordinances and of church organization. 
It was on this latter matter that the 
two men came to disagreement. They 
could not find fellowship in the estab- 
lished churches, but to remain simply 
Separatists was to be deprived of the 
ordinances of God's house and the 
means of spiritual growth afforded 
thereby. Hochmann's mystical tenden- 
cies enabled him to halt here, but 
Mack's greater resoluteness would not 
let him be satisfied with anything 



short of an organization in which he 
could practice the rites and ordinances 
of the New Testament as he under- 
stood them. This led Mack to the 
organization of the German Baptist 
Brethren as it was commonly called 
for many years. It was also called 
Dunkers. 

Prior to the organization of the new 
church, Mack and his sympathizers at 
Schwarzenau studied carefully the 
Scriptures and came to the conclusion 
that trine immersion was the scriptural 
method of baptism. They were con- 
vinced that in connection with the ob- 
servance of the Bread and the Cup at 
communion, there should also be the 
washing of the saints' feet and the 
Love Feast. Other matters were dis- 
cussed and decisions made. Thus, in 
the background of the organization of 
the new denomination, it is clearly evi- 
dent that there was a total commit- 
ment to the authority of the Word of 
God. As yet they had not adopted the 
motto, "The Bible, the whole Bible 
and nothing but the Bible" which later 
was to become the Brethren's doc- 



Alexander Mack, 
Founder of 
the Brethren Movement 




Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr., is the 
registrar for Grace Theological 
Seminary. He is regarded as 
the "dean" of Brethren church 
history, and has authored the 
book, 250 Years, Conquering 
Frontiers, which traces the 
history of the Brethren Church 
from before the period of the 
Reformation down to the pres- 
ent day. 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr. 



Dissatisfied with the superficial state churches, 

Alexander Mack went on his own to form 

the foundation of the Brethren Movement. 



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trinal guide, but practically they did 
so. 

The occasion of the beginning of 
the Brethren Church at Schwarzenau 
in 1708 is simply told by Martin Grove 
Brumbaugh in these graphic words: 

"Eight pious souls, after careful 
prayer and prolonged study, relying 
only upon God and the Bible to guide 
them and their followers forever, 
walked slowly, solemnly and heroical- 
ly from the house of Alexander Mack 
to the River Eder, which, like a silver 



thread, wound its way through the 
heart of a rich and varied landscape. 
Here the pious eight, in the early 
morning, surrounded by many wit- 
nesses, knelt in prayer, and then one 
of them led Alexander Mack into the 
water and immersed him three times, 
in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Then 
Alexander Mack baptized the other 
seven, and these eight, perhaps the 
first to receive trine immersion in the 
history of the Protestant Church, then 



This portrait of Alexander Mack will appear in the Christian Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 




organized a new congregation. This 
new congregation chose one of their 
number, Alexander Mack, as their 
leader, and thus began the Taufers or 
German Baptist Church, as a separate 
and distinct organization" (p. 29, 
Histon' of the Brethren). 

The new congregation at Schwarz- 
enau suffered violent persecution due 
to the fact that it was an "illegal" 
church, not belonging to one of the 
prescribed three state churches. Some 
fled from Schwarzenau to other parts 
of Germany, even as far as to Switzer- 
land and Denmark. Several other con- 
gregations came into being with similar 
experiences of persecution. 

One group under Peter Becker left 
Krefeld in 1719 and came to America 
hoping to find peace and an oppor- 
tunity to worship and expand as they 
felt persuaded. Alexander Mack, the 
main subject of this article, remained 
in Europe until 1729. Prior to this, in 
1720, being sorely persecuted at 
Schwarzenau, he and his congregation 
fled to Westervain, Holland, where 
they remained until the call to Ameri- 
ca prevailed. 

Mack and his entire congregation 
set sail for the New World. They were 
joyfully met by the first party that 
had come to these shores under the 
leadership of Peter Becker ten years 
before. Germantown, Pennsylvania, 
was the headquarters of the Brethren 
and the site of the first Brethren 
Church in America. The group in 
America was greatly encouraged by 
the presence of their original leader, 
but Alexander Mack lived only six 
years after coming to America, leaving 
his example as a cherished heritage for 
those who were to follow him. 

Alexander Mack has left a legacy 
for future generations which has been 
followed in three particular ways 
among others: 

First, Mack's dependence upon the 
authority of God's Word has been, and 
is witnessed in numerous ways. For 
one thing, soon after the followers of 
Mack came to America there was the 
feeling that the German Bible, trans- 



lated by Luther in 1534, should be 
made available to the Colonists in the 
English language. How could the 
church expect to grow without access 
to the Word of God in the language of 
the American people? And so the 
famous Sower Bible came off the press 
in 1743. Two successive editions fol- 
lowed in 1763 and 1776. This trans- 
lation has the distinction of being the 
first translation of the Bible from a 
European language into English in 
America. This unique production 
aided in stamping the Brethren people 
as followers of the Bible. Christopher 
Sower and his son Christopher, Jr., 
were the printers of this Bible. These 
two men were vitally associated with 
the Brethren movement, Christopher, 
Jr., being a leading elder in the Ger- 
mantown Church. From that day to 
the present, the Bible has been the 
final authority for Brethren people in 
faith and practice. In 1882, when a 
divisive spirit entered the church, the 
Progressive Brethren adopted as their 
motto, "The Bible, the whole Bible 
and nothing but the Bible." This 
motto endures to the present and 
appears at the beginning of The Mes- 
sage of the Brethren Ministry adopted 
in 1921 and revised in 1969. 

In 1914-21 when winds of heretical 
doctrine were blowing across the 
Brotherhood from certain quarters, a 
definite statement on the inspiration 
of the Scriptures was adopted by the 
national ministerium and incorporated 
into Tfie Message of the Brethren 
Ministry. It follows: "The ministry of 
the Brethren Church desires to bear 
testimony to the belief that God's 
supreme revelation has been made 
through Jesus Christ, a complete and 
authentic record of which revelation is 
the New Testament; and to the belief 
that the Holy Scripture of the Old and 
New Testaments, as originally given, 
are the infallible record of the perfect, 
final and authoritative revelation of 
God's will, altogether sufficient in 
themselves as a rule of faith and 
practice." 

This statement was later adopted 
by the national conference and has 
been incorporated in substance in the 
revised statement of faith adopted in 
1969 by the National Conference of 
the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches. If Alexander Mack were 
here, we believe he would thoroughly 
agree with this statement. 



And as one can see from carefully 
examining the statements of faith as 
adopted by the ministerium and 
general conference of the National Fel- 
lowship, all the doctrinal statements 
set forth therein are carefully taken 
from the inspired Scriptures. Thus as 
Mack desired at the beginning, the 
National Fellowship is immersed in the 
Word of God and moves forward 
under its sole authority. 

Second, Alexander Mack's in- 
sistence on evangelism is still being 
strongly emphasized in the Brethren 
Church. The words to Adam and 
Noah, "Be ye fruitful and multiply" 
came to Mack and his followers with 
peculiar adaptation. They applied 
these words in a spiritual sense and at 
once began to add to their numbers 



in The Brethren Home Missions 
Council whose aim is the establish- 
ment of new Bible-believing churches 
in every state in the continental 
United States. It has already been suc- 
cessful in establishing scores of 
churches, and its commitment 
promises greater things in the future as 
our Lord tarries in His Coming. 

This missionary zeal is also wit- 
nessed by the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church which 
seeks the salvation of the lost in for- 
eign lands. It is seen in Grace Schools 
which prepares men and women for 
missionary outreach. The same mis- 
sionary zeal is witnessed in various 
ways in the Missionary Herald Com- 
pany and in the other organizations of 
the National Fellowship of Brethren 



The group in America was greatly 

encouraged by the presence of their 

original leader, but Alexander Mack 

lived only six years after coming to 

America, leaving his example as a cherished 

heritage for those who were to follow him. 



souls for whom Christ died. Because of 
their evangelistic urge, a group of 
churches were organized in Germany. 
But, alas, this same zeal brought perse- 
cution upon them, and they were per- 
mitted to remain only twenty-one 
years in Europe before they came to 
America. This zeal did not die when 
they arrived in America. History 
records three missionary journeys 
emanating from Germantown from 
1722-24. One of these resulted in the 
organization of the first Brethren 
Church in America at Germantown. 
The second missionary journey in 
1723 resulted in six converts. Since as 
yet there was no church for those new 
converts to enter, it was decided that 
it was time to organize a church in 
which these converts could be nur- 
tured. And so on Christmas Day in 
1723 three memorable events took 
place: the organization of the first 
Brethren Church in America, the first 
baptisms, and the first three-fold com- 
munion service observed. 

From that day to this, the exhorta- 
tion that so moved Alexander Mack 
and his associates, "Be fruitful and 
multiply" has motivated the Brethren 
Church. Especially is this exemplified 



Churches. The example of Mack is not 
being forgotten. 

A third legacy from Alexander 
Mack is that of congregational church 
government. From the occasion of 
Mack's insistence upon a vote of the 
initial eight to determine who would 
perform the right of the first baptism 
until the present, the local church is 
sovereign in the conduct of its affairs 
within the denominational doctrinal 
framework. District and national con- 
ferences are composed of delegates 
elected by the constituent churches. 
Their actions are only advisory, not 
mandatory. This policy of church 
government, it is felt, best harmonizes 
with New Testament procedure. It 
dignifies the individual and guards 
against dictatorship with its attendant 
evils. 

In summary, it is fair to say that 
Alexander Mack was the channel 
which God used to send forth to the 
world a Bible-centered ministry. When 
Brethren people have followed his ex- 
ample in belief and practice, they have 
prospered. When they have departed 
therefrom, there has been spiritual de- 
cline. He deserves to be remembered. 



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Christian 

Heritage 

Echoes 
the Hall 



Another Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 

This one features outstanding Christian leaders, 

including Alexander Mack. 



in 



of Fame 



By Lester E. Pifer 




The spacious foyer of the Canton Baptist Temple confronts you with a short course in Christian history. 



D. 



"r. Harold Henniger, pastor of the 
Canton Baptist Temple, while in Ault- 
man Hospital recovering from a heart 
attack in November 1964, suddenly 
conceived a magnificent idea. He had 
just finished reading Hebrews 11, 
God's Hall of Fame and Faith. A radio 
announcement at that moment told of 
the famed Canton, Ohio, Football Hall 
of Fame. "Why not establish a Chris- 



tian Hall of Fame in honor of and to 
the great heroes of the Faith? I 
couldn't help thinking how wonderful 
it would be to have some of God's 
heroes on display in our church." 

Dr. Henniger had no trouble in- 
teresting a group of prominent minis- 
ters, evangelists and two Bible College 
presidents in serving on a board which 
would consider nominees for the 



March 20, 1971 



Christian Hall of Fame. The large 
church, now numbering close to the 
4,500 mark in average attendance, has 
large spacious corridors and foyer in 
its new building which provides an 
ideal location for the special collection 
of paintings. A gift from the estate of 
Raymond Parks, member of the con- 
gregation, made it financially possible 
to get the project underway. 

Christian artists were chosen and 
commissioned to paint the portraits 
for a token gift of $100, accepting it 
as a ministry for the Lord. A firm in 
New Jersey provides the frames for 
less than wholesale cost. Much of the 
work of preparing the galleries has 
been done by elderly members of the 
congregation. The office personnel is 
always available to escort visitors 
through the display areas. 

Extreme care is used by the ad- 
visory board in the selection of por- 
traits for display. Nominees that are 
chosen differ in background, educa- 
tion, method and field of ministry, but 
spiritually they must have shown an 
unswerving devotion to the Lord Jesus 
Christ and a complete dedication to 
His Word. A second requirement is 
that their ministry must now be 
finished, they must be deceased. 

The Canton Baptist Temple is lo- 
cated just north of Route 30 at 515 
Whipple, N.W. This three million 
dollar edifice is the home of a strong 
evangelistic and energetic congrega- 
tion. From this building emanates a 
large personal evangelism and visita- 
tion ministry, a weekly telecast of the 
morning service, several weekly radio 
programs and a large bus ministry. A 
record-breaking DVBS of over 3,000 
was held here last summer. 

When entering this evangelistic 
center one immediately is confronted 
with a short course in church history. 
Beginning with the Early Church 
fathers, some of whom died at the 
stake for their faith in Christ, one 



walks through these 260 feet of cor- these giants of the faith. One stands 

ridors and is stirred with a spirit of in awe at the dedication to the call 

deep appreciation for the courage, of God, the dangers through which 

steadfastness and deep devotion of these men traveled in the splendid ac- 

The S3 million Canton Baptist Temple houses the portraits of these giants of the faith. 




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complishment of lives spent for God 
and His work on earth. Looking into 
the faces of these church founders, 
Bible teachers and evangelists causes 
one to bow in thanksgiving for the 
souls who have come to Christ and the 
transformed lives that have followed in 
the wake of their service. The true 
child of God cannot read these in- 
scriptions and see these portraits with- 
out coming away with a new sense of 
dedication, yieldedness and willingness 
to serve the cause of Christ. 

Such great men as Chrysostom, 
Polycarp, Ignatius and Savonarola still 
speak at this Christian Hall of Faith 
and Fame. Renowned missionaries 
such as Jonathan Goforth, David 
Livingstone, C. T. Studd and William 
Carey still bear a testimony for Christ. 
Church reformers like Martin Luther, 
Zwingli, and John Knox still reveal 
their reasons for steadfastness for 
Christ and His Church. More recent 
Bible teachers and evangelists as Harry 
Ironside, C. I. Scofield, Charles Spur- 
geon, J. Wilbur Chapman, Dwight L. 
Moody and Billy Sunday are pictured 
too. 

Alexander Mack's portrait, a man 
greatly beloved by Brethren people 
everywhere, will have its place among 
the church founding fathers. The in- 
scription will read as follows: 

"Alexander Mack ( 1 679-1 735) is 
considered the founder of the 
Brethren Movement, oftentimes 
called the Tunker Movement be- 
cause of insistence upon trine 
immersion as the proper mode 
of baptism. Following careful 
study of Scripture, Mack found 
himself out of harmony with the 
three state churches of Germany 
because of their formality, laxity 
in practice, and failure to ob- 
serve all the New Testament 
teachings. In 1708, at Schwarz- 
enau, Germany, with seven other 
like-minded persons, he orga- 
nized a new denomination with 
a Christo-Bible-centered em- 
phasis. Persecution caused flight 
from Germany. By way of the 
Netherlands, they followed 
others of like faith to America in 



1729. Germantown, Pennsyl- 
vania, became their American 
headquarters. From Mack's 
initial efforts three main groups 
have emerged: The Church of 
the Brethren, the Old German 
Baptist Brethren and the Pro- 
gressive Brethren Church which 
is officially recognized as The 
Brethren Church (Ashland, 
Ohio) and the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches 
(Grace Brethren, Winona Lake, 
Indiana) whose motto is "The 
Bible, the whole Bible, and noth- 
ing but the Bible." 
Mack, an extreme Separatist, like 
many of the early founders, had strong 
conviction against any "graven 
images" which might be considered to 
exalt man beyond his proper place as a 
bond servant of Christ. Therefore, to 
our knowledge no actual picture could 
be found in all of Brethren history and 
antiquity. 

Some years ago a Brethren artist, 
Mr. Medford D. Neher (now in his 
eighties and living in Florida) painted a 
series of murals depicting Brethren 
history for the chapel at Camp Mack 
near Milford, Indiana. Neher gathered 
pencil sketches of Mack's relatives, and 
with his general knowledge of Mack's 
activities he proceeded under the in- 
spiration of the task to reconstruct a 
facsimile of Alexander Mack. The 
Brethren Home Missions Council ob- 
tained permission from the supervisor 
of the camp to photograph these 
murals. Permission was also granted 
from Mr. Neher to use these as a back- 





Rev. Lester E. Pifer (left), executive secre- 
tary of The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, made arrangements to have 
Alexander Mack's portrait included in the 
gallery. 



Dr. Harold Henniger, pastor of the Canton 
Baptist Temple, originated the idea of a 
Christian Hall of Fame. In the background is 
a portrait of Dr. Charles Fuller. 

ground to paint a new portrait. None 
of Mr. Neher's paintings had a face 
view of Mack. Mrs. Shirley Henley, 
head of the art department of Tennes- 
see Temple Schools was chosen as the 
artist. The oil painting is two feet by 
three feet and will be mounted along 
with the inscription on a beautiful red 
velvet background. The portrait will be 
dedicated along with ten others on 
Easter Sunday morning. 

Dr. Harold Henniger, the energetic 
pastor of this growing church, is a first 
cousin and stepbrother of Rev. Lester 
E. Pifer, the executive secretary of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, 
which has sponsored the project. Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Sr., church historian 
for the National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches, has written the in- 
scription. The Brethren Home Missions 
Council accepts full responsibility for 
the production and authorization of 
the portrait. This organization, the 
church extension and home-mission 
department, continues the efforts 
started so many years ago by Mack to 
build Bible-believing, missionary- 
minded churches throughout this land 
of America. W 



March 20, 1971 




We 

Ran 

into 

Marahs 

and 

Elims 



f*s we watched the moving van 
pull away with our household furnish- 
ings from the missionary residence in 
Los Angeles, it was only natural for us 
to wonder what the final destination 
would be in the Hatboro, Pennsyl- 
vania, area for we had no forwarding 
address. 1 suppose we felt a little like 
Abram when he left Ur of the Chal- 
dees by faith, and realized like Moses 
that we would experience difficulties 
in leading our Jewish friends out of 
the bondage of sin and the enslavery 
to traditions. How comforting it was 
to know that like Joshua we could ex- 
pect victories in the strength of our 
Lord of Hosts. 

We wish we could say that the tran- 
sition to the East was a smooth one, 
but we cannot. We were to have our 
Marahs (Exod. 15:23). Never have we 
seen so many distressing, inexplicable, 
indescribable, unthinkable (I am run- 
ning out of adjectives) blunders, road- 
blocks and headaches which seemed to 
plague us. May 1 cite a "for in- 
stances—like the mixup on our insur- 
ance policies when we made a simple 
request for a transfer to our new 
address. Suddenly we were to find that 



we were possessors of an old truck in- 
stead of our Pontiac station wagon. 
With another insurance company, we 
became holders of two different 
policies on the same household effects. 
The time consumed in the business of 
just getting settled is unimaginable! 
Add to this the delays in receiving our 
literature and printing requirements 
totaled up to one big headache. Yes, 
we had our Marahs, but we praise God 
that the benefits of the cross of Christ 
sweetened the experience (Exod. 
15:25). 

Before we moved to the East, we 
knew how difficult it would be to find 
an apartment at the price level we de- 
sired, for this type of housing was as 
scarce as a snowball at a Sunday- 
school picnic in Florida during the 
month of July. We had learned this on 
our Eastern itineration swing early in 
the summer— it was a "don't you call 
me; I'll call you" situation. After fruit- 
less searching, we turned to the apart- 
ment area we had accidentally (??) dis- 
covered one day back in the early 
summer when 1 made a wrong (??) 
turn. Somehow I do not think it was 
"accidental" or a "wrong turn." Now, 
three months later on this September 



By John S. Neely 

Eastern 
Messianic Testimony 




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day, we were to make this our last 
stop. It was early in the evening. It was 
the same manager with the same an- 
swer, "We don't have a thing." I must 
have looked very sad for as I turned to 
go away, the lady called after me with 
a "come back tomorrow— a four-room 
apartment might be available" encour- 
agement. Our stocks soared— dared we 
hope so much? 

Our bubble of joy deflated slowly 
after repeated attempts were made the 
next day to get the manager to answer 
her door. After our last disappointing 
return, we went back to our car and I 
prayed again, pressed to give her until 
3 p.m. If she did not return by then, I 
would take this as a closed door. The 
zero hour approached. As I turned the 
key in the ignition and put my hand 
down to release the brake, I heard a 
women's voice remarking that she had 
seen our note and that when she had 
looked out, had recognized our car. It 
was the manager. It was precisely 3 
p.m.! 

However, our spirits were to sink 
when she informed us that there was 
no four-room apartment available; 
would we take a three-room apartment 
until a larger one opened on January 



1, 1971? It was a port in the storm— 
we took it! The address was Diplomat 
Apartments, Apartment D-l, 1 Madi- 
son Avenue, Warminster, Pennsylvania, 
about one mile from our Hatboro 
church. Since our furniture had not 
arrived in the area we would have no 
storage problem and a $200 handling 
charge would be eliminated for which 
we praised the Lord. (We were to learn 
that the rig driven by Tony, which 
pulled the van, had motor trouble in 
El Paso, Texas, which caused the de- 
lay.) Now I wouldn't say the Lord 
caused the "unfortunate-for-Tony" de- 
lay, but it is a thought, isn't it? So into 
our Marahs the benefits of the cross 
were being dipped, and we would be 
soon on our way to our Elims (Exod. 
15:27). 

As we look at it on the human 
level, those two months at D-l were 
harrowing. We now live in a pleasant 
four-room apartment which is ample 
and functional. You might have 
laughed when you saw that big change 
of address in the Herald, "D-l to A-l," 
but it was no laughing matter for the 
Neelys— if it was, we were laughing 
with tears in our optics. Think of 
living in three rooms with four rooms 



of furniture, bookcases, a large library 
of books, business equipment and sup- 
plies, cartons around the walls, in the 
closets, and with makeshift covering 
on part of the floors. Our file cabinet 
was located in the bathroom closet. 
All of this was hard on the eyes and 
harder on the nerves. But tribulations, 
the Marahs, work patience and the 
"peaceable fruits of righteousness," 
the Elims, which follow when the 
Lord and the cross are in the experi- 
ence. We must have needed a deeper 
lesson in patience for that is what is 
necessary in Jewish evangelism. 

Now we are realizing our Elims. 
The most refreshing of all was when 
we started our door-to-door calling 
after our literature and printing re- 
quirements were received. When we 
came to the door on which was a 
mezuzah which indicates a Jewish 
home, my heart rejoiced with a "Praise 
the Lord." I believe this emotion can 
be best expressed in the statement of 
our own Phil Cariaga, who assists in 
our Western work, "These are my 
people." It is our desire that every 
Brethren would possess this love in the 
outreach to our Jewish friends for 
Christ. m 



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DAYTON, OHIO. Something new 
and profitable has been initiated at 
North Riverdale Brethren Church in 
which those interested are given the 
privilege of attending a study class. 
The students study Theology, Brethren 
Distinctives, Church History including 
the history of the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches. The first class ; 
graduated Feb. 14 and as a result of 
the class, 1 1 new members have been 
added to the membership. John Talley, 
pastor. 

PALMYRA, PA. "There is a grow- 
ing zeal of the people here to see the 
Lord's work move forward, and your 
prayers are requested as we begin to 
look for land on which to build a new 
edifice. We are praising the Lord for 
the seven who were baptized on Feb. 
14." Arthur Frank, pastor. 

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. Ac- 
cording to Pastor Dale Hostetler there 
is cause for rejoicing as God's grace is 
manifested in various ways in this 
church. A teen-age girl gave her life for 
missions in response to the ministry of 
Rev. Duke Wallace, there was one 
public confession of Christ as Saviour, 
one rededication of life, and six who 
are waiting baptism and church mem- 
bership. 

AT YOUR SERVICE-for all of 
your Sunday-school needs! Pastors, 
Sunday-school superintendents, and 
secretaries feel free to phone or write 
to Mrs. Joyce Durkee at the Mission- 
ary Herald for needed information. 
She will be glad to assist you with any 
questions or problems that you may 
have ... if you phone, the number to 
call is 219-267-7158. Mail may be 
addressed to Box 544, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. The Brethren Missionary 
Herald is presently supplying Brethren 
churches with materials from Gospel 
Light, Scripture Press, Union Gospel 
Press, David C. Cook and Standard 
Publishing. You pay no more by order- 
ing through the Herald Company. 



ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX. The 
Grace Brethren Church is praising the 
Lord for sending Rev. Jacob Weirich 
to labor with them in this field of serv- 
ice. The address for Pastor Weirich is: 
124 San Fidel, N.W., Albuquerque, N. 
Mex. 87107. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. A review of 
the past 16 months revealed the fol- 
lowing: 37 new members added— 26 
by baptism. The church has been en- 
deavoring to pay extra each month on 
its loan, and has paid $10,000 on the 
loan during this time. Recently the 
church voted to establish a project 
fund for new choir robes and in two 
weeks the cost was underwritten by 
classes, organizations, families and in- 
dividuals. Pastor Kenneth Teague con- 
cludes his news letter with these 
words: "We give God the glory for 
these spiritual victories." 

SUNNYSIDE. WASH. The North- 
west District Conference met on Feb. 
17-19 and elected the following offi- 
cers: Moderator, Donald Farner; Vice 
moderator. Nelson Hall; Secretary, 
Mrs. George Christie; Assistant Secre- 
tary, Mrs. William Shelby; Statistician, 
Kenneth Belles; Treasurer, Soren 
Jensen. Rev. Charles Turner, executive 
editor and general manager of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
was the conference Bible speaker. 



ROANOKE, VA. Rev. Dayton Cun- 
diff has resigned as pastor of the Wash- 
ington Heights Brethren Church, effec- 
tive May 16. Future plans for Pastor 
Cundiff are indefinite. 

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. The re- 
cent 60th Wedding Anniversary was a 
joyous occasion for Mr. and Mrs. 
George Shoop as their friends helped 
them celebrate with an open house at 
the Carl Shoops. George and Sarah are 
longtime Brethren having joined the 
Brethren Church many years ago in 
Pennsylvania before moving to Cali- 
fornia. Richard Cron, pastor. 

NORTH ENGLISH, IOWA. Age 

does not necessarily mean inactivity as 
is being proved by the Pleasant Grove 
Grace Brethren Church. According to 
Pastor Keith Zook this church is the 
oldest Brethren church in Iowa and 
the fifth oldest Brethren church in the 
United States. (The 90th anniversary 
was celebrated in November with Dr. 
Russell Barnard as special speaker.) An 
evidence of activity of the members is 
seen in the transformation that has 
taken place in the main auditorium of 
the church which has been completely 
remodeled, and the kitchen has also 
had a "face-lifting." Plans for the 
future include the addition of several 
rooms to the parsonage. Keith Zook, 
pastor. 

GLENDALE, CALIF. A warm wel- 
come was given to the Donald Carters 
as they returned to Glendale. Pastor 
Carter was the first full-time pastor 
here after Rev. Arthur Cashman 
pioneered the work in the early 
thirties. Rev. Donald Carter is now 
acting as an interim pastor on a part- 
time basis. James Martin, church clerk. 



WINONA LAKE BIBLE CONFERENCE PROGRAM 
INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE 

The special insert in the center of this issue contains information and 
schedules for the Winona Lake Bible Conference of 1971. If you remove 
the staples and refold it so the heavy black lines form a "W," you will be 
able to follow the program and schedules in the proper order. 

An outstanding schedule of speakers and conferences is planned for this 
year. You'll want to make it a "must" to attend the conference of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches, Aug. 6-13, as well as other 
outstanding meetings and conferences. 



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PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 



Washington, Pa. 
Hagerstown, Md. 

(Gay Street) 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(First) 
Waynesboro, Pa. 
Fremont, Ohio 
Berne, Ind. 
Hollins, Va. 



Date 
Mar. 21-28 



Mar. 2£ 



Mar 
Apr. 4-11 
Apr. 4-9 
Apr. 11-16 
Apr. 11-18 



Apr. 2 
Apr. 4 



Pastor 
Shimer Darr 

Gerald Teeter 

Wesley Haller 
Wendell Kent 
Ward Tressler 
No Pastor 
Ron Thompson 



Speaker 
Mason Cooper 

Allen Herr 

Mark Malles 
Allen Herr 
Nathan Meyer 
Nathan Meyer 
Dean Fetterhoff 



ROANOKE, VA. "What's happen- 
ing to youth in the evangelical 
churches today? Do they turn off re- 
ligion as being part of their parents' 
heritage or do they carry on activity in 
their congregations simply because 
they are under their elders' thumbs? Is 
their knowledge of the Bible only skin 
deep?" These are questions posed in 
an article by Frances Stebbins, religion 
writer for a daily newspaper, Tlxe 
World-News, Roanoke, Va. Miss Steb- 
bins was one of the judges at a district 
youth rally for Brethren youth at the 
Patterson Memorial Brethren Church, 
Hollins, Va. The featured speaker for 
the rally was the former Lieutenant Ed 
Jackson who was a member of the 
Ohio State Police force for twenty-two 
years, presently the Executive Secre- 
tary of the National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Men. As Miss Stebbins 
wrote her report for the Roanoke 
newspaper she entitled her story: 
"Youths Still Regard Religion As Rele- 
vant." 

CAMP ID-RA-HA-JE, Pine, Colo., 
was the site of the Midwest District 
youth snow camp— Dec. 30 through 
Jan. 1 . Nearly 50 campers converged 
on the nearly snow-less camp. How- 
ever, they tobogganed, skied and 
"tubed" at nearby Geneva Basin. 
Sammy Pacheco of Taos and Carol 
Ogden of Denver were chosen the 
Snow King and Queen. The plans for 
next year include renting the lodge for 
additional days with a goal of 100 
campers from the district. Some came 
as far as 400 miles this year. Thomas 
Inman, pastor. 

LANSING, MICH. Having resigned 
the pastorate of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Randall Poyner is now avail- 
able for pulpit supply and ministry in 
musical evangelism. 



MEYERSDALE, PA. Some news 
items gleaned from the happenings at 
the Grace Brethren Church included 
the following: "Mr. and Mrs. Earl 
Brenneman celebrated their golden 
wedding anniversary in December with 
many of the friends of the church and 
community extending sincere con- 
gratulations and well wishes. The mis- 
sionary offering goal for the year 1970 
was set for $3,500 and for the fifth 
consecutive year we have gone over 
the goal. Our goal for 1971 has been 
set for $4,000. During the past year 
we had eight new additions to the 
church membership with five of these 
being adults. There were 1 1 first-time 
decisions. We thank the Lord for His 
blessings and trust Him to be our guide 
throughout this new year." Roy 
Kreimes, pastor. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. At a recent 
business meeting of the First Brethren 
Church the resignation of Mrs. F. E. 
Simmons was accepted with reluctance 
and regret. Mrs. Simmons served for 
35 years as organist and choir director. 
Sincere thanks is given to God for this 
faithful servant. The music committee 
has asked Miss Jacqueline Merrick to 
assume the duties of organist and choir 
director. Charles Thornton, pastor. 

CHANGES. Rev. and Mrs. Donald 
Shoemaker, 2251 Knoxville St., Long 
Beach, Calif. 90815. The correct 
address zip code for Rev. Russell 
Williams is 95826. Please change An- 
nual. On page 38 of The Brethren An- 
nual the addresses of Rev. Nelson Fay 
and Rev. Solon Hoyt should be as fol- 
lows: Rev. and Mrs. Nelson Fay, Avda. 
Buenos Aires 247, Almafuerte, 
F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, 
S.A. Rev. and Mrs. Solon Hoyt, 
Estanislao del Campo 1377, Ramos 
Mejia, F.C.D.F.S., Argentina, S.A. 



/ft Memory 

Death notices appearing in this column must 
be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

CX£".4 VER, Miss Susan , went home 
to be with the Lord Feb. 8. She was a 
faithful teacher in the First Brethren 
Church of Washington, D.C, as long as 
50 years ago, and will be remembered 
especially as the teacher of a class of 
lively boys— boys who now are men 
working faithfully for the Lord in the 
church. Charles Thornton, pastor. 

MYERS, William S. 50, was ushered 
into the presence of his Lord after an 
auto accident on Feb. 20. He was a 
member of the Bethel Brethren 
Church, Berne, Ind. Dr. E. William 
Male, interim pastor. 

PHILLIPS, Sylvia, went to be with 
the Lord Feb. 9. She was baptized by 
trine immersion at 82 years of age and 
became a member of the West Homer 
Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 
Robert Holmes, pastor. 

RICE, Earl, 57, was loosed away 
upward on Feb. 1 1, after years of suf- 
fering from a heart condition. He had 
been a vice moderator of the Reading 
Brethren Church of Stoystown, Pa., 
and in recent years had been affiliated 
with the Listie Brethren Church. Both 
his former pastor at Reading, Rev. 
Arthur Collins, and his present pastor 
at Listie, Rev. Fred Walter, officiated 
at the funeral service on Feb. 14. 



Wedding Be/fa 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to those 
whose addresses are supplied by the ot- 
ficiating minister. 

Andrea Fowler and Roy Halberg, 
July 17, 1970, First Brethren Church 
of Long Beach, Calif. 

Ardyth Lois Miller and Lieutenant 
Vernon Hallock, Dec. 19, 1970, 
Forcey Memorial Church, Wash. D.C. 

Pat Frank and Barry Bender, 
Winona Lake Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Cynthia Wise and Robert D. 
Malone, Sept. 5, 1970, Grace Brethren 
Church, Washington, Pa. 
(Editor's note: Mr. Malone 's name was in- 
correctly listed as William Malone in a 
previous issue.) 



March 20, 1971 



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ick of th 
al Books 



Dwight P. Baker, 
Book Review Editor 



The Bible Reader: 

An Interfaith Interpretation 

Walter M. Abbott and others (New 
York: Bruce Books, 1969), xxiv and 
995 pages, paper, $3.95. 

The Bible Reader is a very extensive 
selection of Biblical passages accom- 
panied by notes which are both ex- 
planatory and illustrative in nature. 
The notes attempt to explain and illus- 
trate not just the meaning of the pas- 
sages themselves but the uses made of 
them by Judaism, Roman Catholicism, 
and Protestantism. 

A committee of four Biblical 
scholars— one Roman Catholic, two 
Protestant, and one Jewish— began 
work on The Bible Reader in 1962, 
before the Supreme Court decision 
outlawing devotional Bible readings in 
public schools, but their intention 
fitted in admirably with the situation 
resulting from that decision. Many im- 
portant questions are raised, of course, 
by the attempt of public school- 
teachers to conduct "study of the 
Bible or of religion, presented objec- 
tively as part of a secular program of 
education" (to quote the Supreme 
Court, as it defined the permissible ap- 
proach to religion in the schools). The 
fact remains that such attempts are be- 
ing made, and productions like The 
Bible Reader are the kind of material 
teachers will choose for the task. 

Considering its source and the 
function for which it is designed, The 
Bible Reader must be rated high in 
accomplishment. Every evangelical 
reader can find much to disagree with, 
as in many places unacceptable inter- 
pretations are stated without recogni- 
tion of any exception. In other cases 
divergent viewpoints are acknowl- 
edged, but none satisfactory to con- 



servative Protestants is stated; and on a 
few very controversial passages (for ex- 
ample, the sin of Onan in Genesis 38) 
no interpretation at all is ventured. 

Nevertheless, at a number of im- 
portant points conservative dissent is 
recognized, as on the unity of Isaiah. 
The aspect of The Bible Reader which 
most recommends it, however, is its 
tremendous richness of detail on the 
religious and artistic traditions of 
Western civilization, a richness which 
cannot be explained in a brief review. 
To hold the price down, no pictorial 
illustrations are included, but many 
references to artistic and musical cre- 
ations based on scriptural passages are 
introduced. Excellent archaeological 
and philological information relating 
to many passages also enriches the 
volume. 

The Revised Standard Version, the 
Confraternity Version, and two trans- 
lations from the Jewish Publication 
Society are used for the Biblical text 
in different places, and the entire book 
is well written. It will doubtless prove 
very useful for public school teachers, 
and it would be a valuable educational 
addition to any mature Christian's 
library. -John A. Renick, Park City, 
Illinois 



The Cutting Edge: Vol. II 

H. C. Brown, Jr., compiler (Waco: 
Word, 1969), 130 pages, $4.95. 

H. C. Brown has compiled a very 
challenging work on crucial social and 
personal issues of the day that present 



Any of the books reviewed on 
this page may be ordered from 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590. We pay postage. 



a real challenge to Christians, especial- 
ly to pastors who have stayed mainly 
in the middle of the road. 

The book contains fourteen ser- 
mon-length chapters written by twelve 
authors dealing with capital punish- 
ment, the sex revolution, divorce, the 
new morality, obesity, gambling, the 
church-state controversy, the Chris- 
tian's role in politics, alcohol in a com- 
plex society, the medical verdict on 
smoking, the crisis in the institutional 
church, and the moral crisis in the 
United States. It is well written, has a 
good bibliography, and is generally 
supported by Scripture references and 
data. 

Two crucial questions form the 
center of the discussion: (1) What is 
the Christian's responsibility to these 
social and personal issues? (2) Should 
today's Christian "get involved" with 
the moral and social agonies of con- 
temporary society? 

The suggestion given is "yes." God 
and faith cannot be confined within 
the walls of the church. The church 
must move out into the world where 
the action is. Once you get by the first 
chapter on capital punishment, which 
is not indicative of the tone of the 
book, you should be challenged and 
moved to some definite decisions in 
your own life. Pastors, Christian lead- 
ers, and teachers should benefit greatly 
from reading it.- Clair D. Brubaker, 
Akron, Ohio 



Alone at High Noon 

Emile Cailliet (Grand Rapids: Zon- 
dervan, 1971), 94 pages, $2.95. 

Modern man lives with an eerie 
sense of aloneness. At the deepest level, 
man finds himself cut off from meaning 
and truth, and from this springs his 
profound unease. "He who conscious- 
ly or unconsciously has chosen to 
ignore God is an orphan in the uni- 
verse, that is, in God's creation. It is 
only natural that he should feel lonely 
to the point of dejection." 

Alone at High Noon has some good 
notes; but it is still a skimpy volume. 
"Solitude" recurs frequently; it is a 
key word. Unfortunately, it is also 
misused, which becomes disconcerting. 

But there can be no quarrel with 
Cailliet's diagnosis of man's central ill 
or his prescription for it: Walk the re- 
turn path trod by the Prodigal Son. 



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After returning from Africa, Rev. and Mrs. Henry Rempel 
were determined to help the missionaries. This led to . . . 



Operation Fruit for Africa 



It is an inspiration to meet our for- 
eign missionaries, to hear them speak, 
or even to read mail from them, but it 
is far more exciting to set foot on for- 
eign soil, and there meet our mission- 
ary workers right out on the field. We, 
Henry and Helen Remple, had just 
such an experience not so long ago. A 
lifelong dream became a reality, when 
we were allowed to travel abroad and 
meet our Christian workers in the fol- 
lowing lands: Hawaii, Germany, 
France, and in the Central African Re- 
public. 

The Wayne Beavers were our host 
and hostess while visiting in Africa. 
Many and varied were the experiences 
during our stay in that land. We had 
not been with our missionaries very 
long when several project possibilities 
presented themselves to us. The one 
we favored most was: "Fruit For 
Africa." True, they grow fruit in the 
C.A.R. but most of it does not lend 
itself to preservation. Of course, our 
missionaries can buy fruit in Africa, on 
the open market, at about four 
(American) prices. Well, our burden 
was so great that we determined then 
and there, the Lord willing, we would 
see what could be done. We had not 
been home a week, until we were 
ready to head for the Northwest to 
start our project. Here follows the 
story. 

In late July we left for Yakima, 
Washington. It did not take long to set 
the machinery in operation for the 
canning project, and we soon had orga- 
nized several picking and canning 
crews. Each team had a captain, and 
upon alerting him, we soon had many 
hands— either picking or canning fruit. 

During Sundays and on Wednesday 
nights, we were busy speaking in the 
churches of the area, presenting the 
story of our missions. Offerings were 
received, and the Lord graciously sent 
in enough funds to cover costs of can- 
ning and shipping. 




A portion of the 61 2 gallons of fruit sent to Africa. 



It was thrilling to quickly Find so 
many who were willing to lend a help- 
ing hand. In a few weeks we had 612 
gallons of fruit canned and cased. All 
the fruit, and all labor was donated. 
We had been instructed to crate all the 
cases of fruit in strong wooden crates. 
Upon contacting a lumber mill in 
Yakima, we found the management 
willing to donate the necessary lum- 
ber. Men from the Northwest churches 
joined our evening crew to construct 
and nail up the crates. In due time a 
dear brother came with his truck, and 
loaded the fifty-four crates and hauled 
them to the shipping dock in Tacoma, 
Washington, from where the cargo was 
shipped. At this writing the shipment 
is out on the high seas. 

The shipment of 612 gallons con- 
tains the following: cherries, plums, 
pears, apricots, peaches and apple- 
sauce. One church provided four 
dozen cans of sweet pickles, which will 
lend spice and variety to the project. 
As for the peaches, they were provided 
by the members of the La Loma Grace 



Brethren Church of Modesto, Cali- 
fornia. 

Many churches and individuals were 
involved in this "Labor of Love." 
Time and space does not allow them 
to be mentioned by name, but we do 
take this occasion to thank them one 
and all for their generosity. 

Much prayer went into this under- 
taking, and the Lord answered and 
provided far beyond our fondest 
dreams. Let all who helped in any way 
be assured that our Heavenly Father 
will richly compensate for all that was 
accomplished. 

We feel certain that our mission- 
aries in the C.A.R. will greatly enjoy 
this special treat. Furthermore, let it 
be remembered that the entire project 
betokens the fact that the Brethren 
here in the homeland love and appre- 
ciate our missionaries. All the work 
was done willingly for the blessing and 
edification of our ambassadors out on 
the mission field. 

-Henry and Helen Rempel 
Bell, California 



March 20. 1971 



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Alexander Mack 



Or 



'n the human side, Alexander 
Mack, perhaps more than any other, is 
responsible for the existence of the 
Brethren Church, though if it could be 
left to him he would disclaim this 
honor. In 1708, this man along with 
seven others inaugurated a new move- 
ment, later known as the Brethren 
movement. 

This was a separation from the 
general Protestant movements in 
Central Europe and one which 
widened the gap from Roman Catholi- 
cism. Almost immediately this little 
group of believers experienced perse- 
cution and was forced to flee to Hol- 
land. But even there they could not 
find a haven of rest, so they fled to 
England and shortly thereafter sought 
refuge in the New World. 

They settled first in and around 
Philadelphia, and from there spread 
westward and southward across 
America. Four segments of Brethren 
have originated from that original 
group, the largest of which is known 
today as the Church of the Brethren. 
There is an Old Order group that split 
off early in the nineteenth century. In 
1882, the Brethren Church came into 
existence within which there are two 
divisions today: The General Confer- 
ence of the Brethren Church whose 
headquarters are in Ashland, Ohio; and 
the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches, with headquarters located at 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Four things that characterized pro- 
fessing Christendom of that day in 
Central Europe provided the reasons 
for starting this new movement: Reve- 
lation, Organization, Salvation, Sancti- 
fication. 



and the 
Brethren 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President, Grace Schools 



Mack believed that the objective 
source of divine revelation was the in- 
spired Scriptures. In this respect, he 
was the beneficiary of the work of 
Luther and Calvin. In his effort to be 
true to the Scriptures, he could not 
help but see that many Protestant 
movements had not quite freed them- 
selves from the traditions of Catholi- 
cism. This impelled him to make a 
further move away from traditionalism 
in the direction of the Bible. In the 
course of the years this principle has 
finally developed the motto used by 
the Brethren Church: "The Bible, the 
whole Bible, and nothing but the 
Bible." 

Another belief was that the Scrip- 
tures clearly taught the separation of 
church from state. For more than a 
thousand years Roman Catholicism 
had been perpetuating and practicing 
the union of church and state, and as a 
result exercised temporal as well as 
spiritual control over men. The Protes- 
tant Reformation did not alter this 
greatly at the outset. There developed 
the great state churches that were 
intimately tied in with the state. More- 



over, these state churches also de- 
veloped hierarchical organizations, so 
that no individual congregation was 
supreme in its own affairs. 

Following Mack's convictions de- 
rived from the study of the Scriptures, 
the new movement sought separation 
from the state, and also incorporated 
the Biblical concept of congregational 
government. Since the trends of that 
day and to the present time have been 
in the direction of the centralization 
of authority and the subjugation of 
the congregation, constant vigilance 
has been exercised by the followers of 
Alexander Mack. It was this issue, per- 
haps more than any other, that 
brought about the split in 1882. When 
the Brethren Church was chartered 
there was only one article of the Chris- 
tian faith that was spelled out in the 
charter, now on file in Columbus, 
Ohio, and that was congregational 
government. 

Roman Catholicism clearly predi- 
cated salvation on the performance of 
works. It was this principle and prac- 
tice that caused Luther to break with 
the Catholic Church. Both Luther and 
Calvin, and others came to realize 
through the study of the Scriptures 
apart from tradition that salvation was 
by grace through faith. But even their 
movements did not quite divest them- 



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selves of this atmosphere that had de- 
veloped over the preceding millen- 
nium. Obviously, this issue centered in 
the problem of human responsibility 
and divine sovereignty. Mack went 
further, believing that salvation is of 
the Lord apart from any human 
works. 

Even though this is the way the 
Brethren movement began, it has been 
necessary through the years to make a 
special effort to keep this fact clearly 
before the people who have joined the 
Brethren movement. One schism after 
another has developed as a result. The 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches exists today because of this. 
And this is especially true of Grace 
Schools. The very name "Grace" pin- 
points the issue that made it necessary 



to start the school. Examination of 
literature explaining the reason for 
starting Grace Theological Seminary 
will make it clear that men felt it 
necessary to maintain the original 
principles of Alexander Mack which 
were vested in the Scriptures. 

Alexander Mack and his associates 
became painfully aware from their 
study of the Scriptures that professing 
Christendom, even in the Protestant 
movement, though making a great pro- 
fession on the point of purity of doc- 
trine, sadly lacked purity of life. He 
and his colleagues could not divest 
themselves from the truth of the Scrip- 
tures as taught in James that "faith 
without works is dead." So these be- 
lievers set out to organize a movement 
that would lay a proper emphasis on 



purity of life. 

In this respect they became a part 
of the Pietistic Movement that swept 
through Europe and England as a sort 
of counter reformation. Such groups 
as the Mennonites, the Moravians, and 
the Quakers were also a part of this 
movement. It is interesting to note 
that the Brethren have followed this 
principle with varying degrees of em- 
phasis through the years, and it is 
clearly an emphasis in the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches, and 
also an emphasis in Grace Schools. 

Profession without practice has 
earned the contempt of the world and 
will merit the judgment of God. But 
purity of life as the outgrowth of true 
doctrine brings the approval of the 
Lord and adorns the gospel of Christ. 



The chaplain used to be called . 



The Keeper of the Cloak 



"C 

VJ'ood morning, I am the chap- 
lain for Grace Schools," was a state- 
ment made for the first time this fall 
when the new freshmen class began 
their orientation. The person who said 
it has been saying it for some years but 
to those who heard this on a Septem- 
ber morning it was brand new. To 
these new students and even to the re- 
turning upperclassmen, there was a 
question of just what kind of a 
"thing" is this new addition to the 
school staff. Perhaps others have had 
questions concerning the need and 
purpose of a man to serve in the ca- 
pacity of a chaplain. 

Tradition says that the term "chap- 
lain" comes from an incident in the 
life of St. Martin, of France. Early in 
the life of St. Martin, he was a soldier 
and was known as Martin of Tours. 
During a winter battle, he and his men 
passed a poor beggar who shivered in 
the bitter cold. All passed him except 
Martin, who stopped, took off his 
heavy cloak and parted it with his 
sword. He gave one half to the beggar 
and he threw the other half around his 
shoulders. During that night he saw a 
vision of Christ holding the beggar's 
half of the cloak. He was so moved 



By Chaplain Lee Jenkins 

Director of Christian Service 
Grace Schools 

that he gave himself to the ministry of 
Christ. The cloak of Martin of Tours 
became a relic of great tradition 
among the soldiers of France. It held a 
place of honor, and a soldier was 
placed as guardian of the cloak. He 
was called the chaplain. Today the 
chaplain still is the keeper of the 
cloak, the cloak of righteousness 
which covers those shivering from sin 
but now covered by the righteousness 
of Christ. The chaplain at Grace is just 
that, the keeper of the faith for those 
who are here. 

The fact that the chaplain is the 
keeper of the faith does not imply that 
there are those who would destroy it 
from within the structure of Grace 
Schools. Instead, the chaplain stands 
alongside all of the Christ-centered 
teachers and administrators who also 
are keepers of the faith. Perhaps the 
peculiarity of his concern would be 
the role of campus pastor. 

It has been felt for some time there 
needed to be someone to whom stu- 



dents could go for most anything they 
wanted to say or express. Someone 
who could listen with understanding 
and yet keep the trust of confidence. 
Someone who would assist in the 
Christian Service activities of students 
and provide opportunities for such 
Christian service. Thus embodied in 
the term of "chaplain," there is now 
one who fulfills that position. 

Perhaps you have a son or daughter 
here at Grace Schools. How are you 
affected? The chaplain can be your 
contact with either the student or the 
faculty. This does not mean to imply 
he takes the role of a detective, but 
one who can also in confidence assist 
you in matters that concern you. 

Like anything new, the role of the 
chaplain at Grace will change and grow 
with time. Also it will become more 
effective as students and chaplain in- 
tegrate each other's purpose and 
needs. Let's hope that next fall, if the 
Lord should allow, the newness of the 
statement, "I am the chaplain," will be 
lessened by the fact that his job will be 
known and upperclassmen will have 
experienced the ministry of the one 
who is obligated to be the "keeper of 
the cloak." # 



March 20, 1971 



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"I 

It doesn t take brains to be a 
music major. You waste half of your 
life practicing when you could be play- 
ing basketball or football and doing 
something worthwhile. Music just isn't 
worth all of that practicing." 

Those are just a few of the opinions 
I used to have. I played the piano, but 
football was a lot more fun. I played 
the trombone, but practicing was too 
boring. So I reasoned— until I was ex- 
posed to the Grace College music de- 
partment. 

Being a Creative Studies major, I 
am required to take a few music 
courses. I put them off as long as 1 
could, figuring that music, when it 
does not involve practicing, is easy, 
and that a "gravy" course like Intro- 
duction to Music Theory would make 
my senior year somewhat more enjoy- 
able. 

All of my ideas proved to be false. 
A quiz from Prof. Roland Felts in- 
volved the sweating of blood, weeping, 



Music Major Isr 



wailing and gnashing of teeth. Prayer, 
fasting and supplication also played a 
major role in passing the course. 

When the course was over, I awoke 
to the fact that I had developed a 
greater appreciation for the depart- 
ment. Music is hard. Practicing is im- 
portant. But a lot more is involved in 
the development of a musician. My 
little taste of music led me to find out 
more about the department. Here are 
some of the results. 

There are twenty-six upperclassmen 
registered as music majors, and about 
twenty freshmen are considering the 
field. The number of music majors did 
not sound impressive until I discovered 
the department's massive output. The 
college has six basic musical groups. 
These are the brass choir, the concert 
choir, the mixed octet, the woodwind 
ensemble, the string ensemble, and the 
college-community concert band. 
Some of these groups are subdivided 
into smaller groups such as the brass 



quartet, the trumpet trio, the clarinet 
choir and the saxophone quartet. 

Participation in these groups is 
open to the student body. That is, any 
student with competent ability can get 
involved in the department's activities. 
The department also offers private in- 
struction in the form of applied music 
courses. Instruction is given in key- 
board, voice and orchestral instru- 
ments. More than 160 students are 
taking lessons this semester. 

The college-community concert 
band gives four concerts each year. 
The concert choir and the brass choir 
also participate in these events and, in 
addition, take a two-week tour each 
spring. Weekend engagements provide 
additional opportunities for perform- 
ances by the choirs and ensembles. 




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af Grace 



By Rick Glass 

Senior, Grace College 



Gospel teams are another outlet for 
a student's talent. The brass choir is 
actively involved in this type of work. 
The Crusaders, a group of ten men 
who toured the United States last sum- 
mer, currently spend their weekends in 
churches throughout Indiana and the 
surrounding states. The Conquerors, a 
mixed quartet; and The Reason, a 
male trio; are other active gospel 
teams. 

Students are also involved in de- 
partmental recitals. Music professors 
select outstanding students to give re- 
citals at the end of each semester. 
Seniors in the department give recitals 
to meet graduation requirements. In- 
formal recitals are also held to provide 
extra opportunities to perform. 

Many area churches tap the talent 
of the department. If a church is in 
need of special music, a choir director, 
a song leader or enough music for an 
entire service— the music department 
can provide the personnel. 

Much of the department's excel- 
lence lies in its professors. Professor 
Donald Ogden serves as chairman of 
the department and is an instructor in 
church music, choral music and music 



appreciation. Mr. Jerry Franks teaches 
brass, percussion and music education. 
Dr. Vance Yoder teaches organ, piano 
and music education. Mr. Roland Felts 
is instructor in voice, music theory, 
music history and literature. Mrs. 
Felts, his wife, teaches piano and 
music theory. In addition to these pro- 
fessors, the department also employes 
five part-time instructors. These teach 
in the areas of voice, piano, strings, 
woodwinds and classical guitar. 

I found all of these facts enlighten- 
ing, but even more intriguing are the 
goals and purposes of the department 
and its professors. A student in the 
music department is either a music 
education major or a church music 
major. A church music major either 
plans on making church music his pro- 
fession and means of support or goes 
on to seminary with the hopes of sup- 
plementing his ministry with his 
musical abilities. Many church music 
majors find that most churches cannot 
afford a full-time minister of music, 
therefore, they turn to Christian Edu- 
cation as a means of support. 

The goal of the music education 
major is certification to teach in the 



public school or the Christian Day 
School. Professors encourage their 
students to serve as music directors on 
either a volunteer or part-time basis in 
their local church in addition to their 
teaching. Mr. Franks and other in- 
structors encourage the music educa- 
tion majors to take positions in Chris- 
tian Day Schools and use their training 
to build a competent music education 
program. 

I asked Professor Ogden to sum up 
his feelings about the Grace music de- 
partment and he summed up mine as 
well. "I'm proud of the staff and I'm 
proud of their dedication to the pur- 
poses and ideals of the school. I am 
also proud of their high degree of 
competence in specialized areas. I be- 
lieve this competence is reflected in 
the enthusiasm of the students in the 
program. The growth of the depart- 
ment has been excellent and prospects 
for expansion in the future are good." 




March 20, 1971 



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GfMCf 
STUDENTS 
GOTO 
PRISON 



lliirty-one Grace College students 
and two faculty members were secure- 
ly locked up in the Indiana State 
Prison at Michigan City, Indiana, on 
Wednesday, February 3— but were re- 
leased the same day. No charges were 
filed however, but words of appre- 
ciation and commendation were given 
for their conduct and performance. 

This was a voluntary imprisonment 
by the Grace College Jail Team led by 
Myron Jones and the Brass Choir un- 
der the direction of Jerry Franks. 

More than 600 enthusiastic and ap- 
preciative prisoners enjoyed the hour- 
long concert highlighted with trumpet 
solos by Mr. Franks and a drum solo 
by Frank Bowman. 

Ron Henry, director of admissions, 
who emceed the program, along with 
the choir members, emphasized the 
fact that they were there representing 
their Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Sacred selections by the Brass 
Choir, along with favorite hymns sung 
by the prisoners under the leadership 
of Don Bechtel, were followed by 
personal testimonies by Gary Koch- 




heiser and Gary Gnagey. Mr. Henry 
closed the service with a clear-cut 
gospel message, challenging each 
prisoner to accept Christ as his per- 
sonal Saviour and Lord. 

Prisoners were very responsive and 
Chaplain Russell Daubert of the In- 
diana State Prison expects many of the 
men to seek his counsel. He said, 
"they will be talking about this pro- 
gram for a long time to come." 
Guards, too, expressed appreciation 
for the program. 

Upon admission to the prison, in 
addition to signing the register, all 
musical instruments and cases were 
searched as a part of the necessary 
security measures. 

On a tour of the prison the students 
saw the cell houses, death row, and the 





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Thirty-one men from the Grace College Jail Team and Brass Choir made the trip. 



electric chair— the more unpleasant 
sights. They also visited the factories 
and shops where some of the prisoners 
are employed, producing among other 
things, the Indiana State license plates. 

Following a chicken dinner (served 
to the visitors) in the "officers dining 
room," Chaplain Daubert explained 
the many facets of his prison work, 
in which he has complete freedom to 
carry on his evangelical, Bible-based 
ministry, which includes a voluntary 
prayer group started at the prisoners' 
request. 

As one student observed, "all of 
this we saw within the boundary of 
four huge walls which are watched 
over continually by armed prison 
guards." To be locked up in prison was 
a sobering experience for these young 
men. It was great to be out again. $$ 

Jerry Franks and the Brass Choir were 
featured on the program. 




cerpts from a letter written by an inmate to the Brass Choir. 



A PRISONER'S REPLY 

"This is a pretty tough audience to which to 'sell' any 
package of goods. We have heard and participated in a good 
many con games. Our present environment ,s « , warehou 
of broken promises, divorces, frustrations and ,ust plain 
bitterness shown to each other. 

"We enioved your music. I his was easy, 
nood We also 'listened' to your messages and this is 

9 irrant when your speakers began. I expected some 
Ther uncompTimenLy remarks concerning the hereafter 

-^m^vT^er number one was «, 
and speaker number two almost quieted the hall and you 

aKKSESSSSS 

shine again. It was nice lu 
Thanks" (Writer's name withheld.) 



Editor's note: We covet the regular prayers of our readers for the ministry of our 
jail team, the many music groups and teams, the personal work on university 
campuses by our Campus Crusaders, and many other varied ministries of stu- 
dents engaged in Christian Service. 

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Wins Jaycee A ward 




Grace Grad Honored 



Mrs. Fletcher is part of a team-teaching pro- 
gram at Madison Elementary School in 

Warsaw. 



Mrs. Roland (Karen) Fletcher, a 
1965 graduate of Grace College, was 
the recipient of the Outstanding 
Young Educator award presented by 
the Warsaw, Indiana, Jaycees at their 
annual Distinguished Service Awards 
banquet on February 8. 

A second-grade instructor at Madi- 
son Elementary School in Warsaw, 
Mrs. Fletcher was judged on the basis 
of her academic preparation, class- 
room management, and community 
and religious activities. 

In addition to her homeroom re- 
sponsibilities, Mrs. Fletcher shares a 
large classroom with three other teach- 
ers and their pupils. A program known 
as "Positive Placement of Pupils" is 
followed, geared to each child's learn- 
ing ability. Twelve levels of reading 
and four levels of math are pursued in 
a team-teaching situation, permitting 
closer individual supervision and in- 
struction. 

Mrs. Fletcher received her Master's 
Degree from Ball State University in 



1967. Her husband, Roland, is an in- 
structor and coach at Grace College. 

She is the daughter of Rev. and 
Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum. Mr. Krieg- 
baum is dean of students at Grace and 
Mrs. Kriegbaum is a teacher in the 
Warsaw School system. 

Later Mrs. Fletcher will enter com- 
petition with contestants from seven 
other Jaycee districts in the State of 
Indiana. 

Three out of the four recipients of 
this special award in the Warsaw area, 
including Mrs. Fletcher, have been 
Grace College graduates. 

First to receive the distinction in 

1968, was Edwin Blue, principal of 
Washington Elementary School, a 
1956 graduate. 

In 1970, James Morrison, fourth- 
grade teacher in McKinley School and 
a 1958 graduate, was likewise 
honored. 

Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher are members 
of the Winona Lake Brethren Church. 

W 



Mom and Dad. . . 

. . . we're planning a great Parents' Weekend 
for you. . . 

OPERATION INSIGHT 71 

Saturday and Sunday, May 1 - 2 

Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana 

Breakfast in the Dining Commons, Faculty 
Reception, Special Classes, President's 
Luncheon, Tennis Tournament, Drama De- 
partment Play, Dorm Open House, College 
"Pops Concert," Fun and Food at the 
Lamp, Closed Circuit T V. 

Watch for details in the mail! 



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LANCER SPORTS CAMPS 

After two successful summer programs, the Lancer 
sports camps have now expanded to five weeks. For 
information write to Coach Chet Kammerer, Grace 
College, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

LANCER SPORTS CAMP 

For Senior boys — grades 9 through 12 

Director: Coach Chet Kammerer 
Ass't Director: Coach Roland Fletcher 

One Week: June 13 - 19 

Cost: $50.00 per week for tuition, insurance, room, 
board, etc. 

LANCER BASKETBALL CAMPS 

For boys — grades 4 through 8 

Director: Coach Chet Kammerer 
Ass't Director: Coach Roland Fletcher 

Cost: $65.00 per week for tuition, insurance, room, 
board, camp shirt, towels and awards 

Four Weeks: 

1st week: June 20-26 3rd week: July 18-24 
2nd week: July 11-17 4th week: July 25-31 



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Go To School This Summer! 



GRACE COLLEGE SUMMER SCHOOL 

(Two terms — earn up to 12 semester hours of credit) 

Director: Dr. Jesse D. Humberd 

First Term: (8 weeks) June 1 — July 23 
Second Term: (2 weeks) July 26 — August 6 

Cost: Registration — $15.00 total for both terms or 
$10.00 for either term. 
Tuition — $30.00 per semester hour credit 
Room and Board available: 
Room $10.00 per week 
Board $14.00 per week 

Courses: Bible, Composition, Literature, Speech, Philosophy, 
History, Physical Education, Sociology, Education, Government, 
Guidance and Counseling, Psychology, Mathematics, Physical 
Science, and Music 



WORKSHOP IN PASTORAL COUNSELING 
August 2-6 

Director: Dr. S. Bruce Narramore, Vice President 
of the Rosemead Graduate School of 
Psychology, Rosemead, California 

Cost: Wives are encouraged to accompany husbands 
at one-half regular fee 

Registration for husbands — $40.00 

Registration for husband and wife — $60.00 

Room and Board: To be arranged individually. 
(Listings available upon request) 

For details: Write to Dr. Charles Henry, Psychology 
Department, Grace College 

Courses: Techniques of Counseling, Pre-Marriage and Marriage 
Counseling, Problems of Youth, Relationship of Various Biblical 
Doctrines to Personal Adjustment. Tentative: Psychological 
Testing, Group Counseling 



SUMMER MUSIC SCHOOL 
August 1—6 

Staff: Prof. Donald Ogden, Director, and the faculty 
of the Grace College Music Department 

Cost: $75.00 per person including registration, 
tuition, room, board and social hours 

Courses: (1) Graded choir program for the local church. (2) 
Special lectures in church music. (3) Electives— two hours 
(choice of one in each hour). First hour: Choral literature 
reading. Instrumental literature reading or keyboard modulation. 
Second hour: Rehearsals, for choir or instrumental ensembles. 
(4) Alternate subjects for special lectures: Church music, equip- 
ment, the evaluation of the Hymnal, church acoustics, and 
church music 

A certificate will be awarded for completion of the 
course, (one hour credit may be arranged) 



GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 
SUMMER SCHOOL 

Director: Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Dean of the Seminary 

First Term: May 31 -July 2 

Registration: Monday, May 31 

Classes begin, Tuesday, June 1 

Costs: Registration fee - $10.00 

Tuition — M.Div. $25.00 per semester 

Th.M., Th.D., $30.00 per semester 
hour 

Courses: Greek Language— Elements I and II, Kingdom and the 
Church, Denominational Beliefs, Greek Exegesis: Philippians, 
Hebrew Exegesis: Zephaniah, Malachi, Pastoral Problems, God 
and the World, God and Revelation, Christian Evidences/ 
Apologetics, Salvation/Christian Life, Gospel of John 

All courses will be for one term only except 
Beginning Greek which is a ten-week course 



SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR ADMINISTRATORS 
OF CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS JULY 26 - 30 

Registration limited to 50 persons 

Director: Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr., Headmaster of the 
Delaware County Christian Schools, Newton 
Square, Pennsylvania 

Total Cost: $125.00 for each registrant, including 
registration fee, room and board, including 
banquet. 

Program: Includes seminars, lectures, speakers, 

workshops. 

This will be an intensive program with morning, 

afternoon and evening sessions. 
For details: Write to Dr. E. William Male, Grace 

College. 



GIRL'S CAMP (Age 8 to 14 years) 
June 20 - 26 

Director: Mrs. Richard (Yvonne) Messner, 

Associate Professor of Physical Education at 
Grace College, assisted by Miss Bedelia Weirick 
of Manchester College 

Cost: $60.00 per week per person, including room 
and board in Alpha Hall, T-shirt, insurance and 
other incidentals 

Offering: Activities and games girls enjoy, including 

swimming and water skiing 



For further information on any of these programs, write to the director of the program in 
which you are interested in care of: Grace Schools, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



Choirs Prepare 
for Spring Tour 



PROPOSED ITINERARIES, GRACE COLLEGE SPRING TOURS, 1971 




BRASS CHOIR 


CONCERT CHOIR 




Jerry Franks, Director 


Don Ogden, Director 


March 27 


Indianapolis, Ind.— Joint concert at a 
be announced 


school auditorium to 


March 28 


Indianapolis, Ind. 


Indianapolis, Ind. 




Place to be announced 


Place to be announced 


March 29 


Johnson City and Telford, Tenn. 


Ashland, Ohio 




Grace Brethren, Vernon Brethren 


Grace Brethren 


March 30 


Atlanta, Ga. 


Palmyra, Pa. 




Grace Brethren 


Grace Brethren 


March 3 1 


St. Petersburg, Fla. 
Grace Brethren 




April 1 


Fort Myers, Fla. 


Moorestown, N.J. 




Grace Brethren Bible 


Bible Protestant 


April 2 


Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 


Philadelphia, Pa. 




Grace Brethren 


First Brethren 


April 4 


Okeechobee, Fla. (a.m.) 


Lanham, Md. 




Grace Brethren 


First Brethren of 
Washington, D.C. 




Maitland, Fla. (p.m.) 


Alexandria, Va. 




Grace Brethren 


Cherrydale Baptist 


April 5 


Travel 


Martinsburg, W.Va. 
Rosemont Brethren 


April 6 


Johnstown, Pa., Joint concert, Cochran Jr. High School 




Auditorium 




April 7 


Carmichaels, Pa. 


Martinsburg, Pa. 




Greenvalley Presbyterian 


First Brethren 


April 8 


Uniontown, Pa. 


Washington, Pa. 




First Brethren 


Grace Brethren 


April 9 


Columbus, Ohio, Joint concert, Grace 


Brethren 


April 1 1 


Sunrise, 6:45, Dayton, Ohio 


Dayton. Ohio 



First Brethren S.S. First Brethren 

Brookville, Ohio (a.m.) Trotwood, Ohio 10:30 a.m. 

Grace Brethren Grace Brethren 

Dayton, Ohio, Joint concert, Meadowdale High School 
Auditorium 7:00 p.m. (area churches cooperating) 

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Reflections By Still Waters 3 

It's Harvest Time in C. A. R 4 

Off to Holland for a Wedding 6 

The Bible Center Was Buzzing 8 

New Medical Personnel Ready 

for Africa 9 

MEMO from Foreign Board Meetings ... 10 

The Children's Page 11 

Church News 12 

Six Phony Excuses 14 

Vacation Bible School- 1971 16 

Hang On Real Tight! 17 

The Victorious Message of Easter 18 

God Had Plans for Her Future 20 

"I Shall Miss It . . ." 22 

Catch the Enthusiasm Bug 24 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Pam Walters 

Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer NFGBM-Mr. Phil Landrum 



April 3, 1971 

Volume 33, Number 7 

Foreign Missions and WMC Issue 



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SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethren 
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Never do I cease to be amazed at 
how the Word of God disrupts my 
thought patterns. We all tend to fall 
into basic ways of viewing life and 
oftentimes unknowingly adopt certain 
philosophies regarding life. Let me il- 
lustrate it this way, in the natural 
order there is a tendency to follow the 
thought pattern that death follows 
life. We know this to be a fact because 
we see it in the realm of nature and in 
the lives of the people that are around 
us. Now if a person stays on that level 
of thinking, the natural level, he is 
going to miss one of the great truths 
that God has projected on the spiritual 
level. 

Let me point to several Biblical il- 
lustrations that show the truth that 
death must precede life. Jesus said, 
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except 
a corn of wheat fall into the ground 
and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, 
it bringeth forth much fruit" (John 
12:24). Here Christ was talking about 
death coming before life. This is 
further set forth in a discussion of the 
Christian life by Paul when he said, 
". . . by whom the world is crucified 
unto me, and I unto the world" (Gal. 
6:14). Thus we are confronted with 
the truth that in order to find life 
there must be the matter of death to 
be faced. I am certain that for the 
child of God the greatest and highest 
form of life will be after death. 

As a Christian we must someday 
pass through natural death to enter 
into the fullness of God's life (unless 
we are taken in the Rapture). When we 
are perfected in the Lord and become 



Thoughts on Life from Death 



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like Him we will find that death 
actually ushered us into life. A life so 
high and noble in nature that we find 
it very difficult to conceive of it with 
our limited human understanding. 
Were it not for the Word of God it 
would be all but impossible to grasp 
such a fact. 

This leads us to ask a question, 
"What is this strange principle that 
death brings life?" It is a God-founded 
principle that can best be illustrated in 
the life and death of Jesus Christ. We 
are in the period of time on the 
calendar that reminds us of the death 
of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. In 
I Corinthians 15 we are told in clear 
clarion tones that life in resurrected 
form came from death and without it 
there is nothing to hope for in this 
world or the next. Religions of the 
world have had their delusive thoughts 
on this subject which have included 
varied ideas such as the Phoenix, and 
the Hindu with his hope of reincar- 
nation. Their failure has resulted from 
their lack of power to bring these 
hopes to pass. In Christianity not only 
is the hope offered but the power is 



By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



supplied to see reality come from that 
hope. 

Life from death becomes a positive 
truth because God can in a miraculous 
way transfer His life to ours. We can 
become "partakers of the divine 
nature" (read II Peter 1:4) and thus 
bring about a union of God with man. 
What a pity it is to have some people 
miss this great truth which is really the 
very heart of Christianity-God and 
man may have a spiritual union. This 
takes place when man yields by faith 
to a forgiving God and new life comes 
to pass, through a new birth. As the 
day of Easter comes and goes many 
shall join themselves with the church 
visible. This is good if there has been a 
union between them and God through 
salvation, but it is a disaster if the only 
union is on the organizational level. 

Death preceding life is certainly 
another of the wonderful paradoxes 
our Lord reminds us of, and how ap- 
propriate at this Easter season. # 



April 3, 1971 



Souls, not cotton, are being harvested in the 
"Life in Christ" campaign. Everyone from 
college students to notorious tribal chiefs 
is responding to the gospel message. 




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Ty season has arrived in the 
Central African Republic! This means 
hot weather, clouds of dust, and 
cotton-buying time. It also means that 
in some areas people are not allowed 
on the roads; everyone is supposed to 
be in the gardens picking cotton. Mass 
evangelistic meetings in these areas will 
have to wait until next month follow- 
ing the cotton markets, when the 
people will have a period of rest after 
their year's work in the gardens. 

However, for those who do not 
have to plant gardens, this month is 
proving to be an especially fruitful 
harvest time— not of cotton but of lost 
souls. This is high school and junior 
college month, and the National Com- 
mittee of Evangelism asked the Steud- 
lers to prepare tracts, along with a 
program of evangelism to reach as 
many of the collegiens as possible with 
the Gospel this month. Since Jean- 
Louis Steudler is director of the James 
Gribble Christian High School and 
Mrs. Steudler has been training student 
musical groups for several years, they 
have formed a very effective evange- 
listic team. In a weekend meeting at 
Bozoum, the local church was packed 



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Pastor-evangelist Maurice Molepo has accepted the invitation to hold evangelistic meetings 
for the Africa Inland Mission. 



out with 700 junior college and high 
school students, among whom the 
Lord gave 170 first-time decisions. 
Another such meeting in the difficult 
Bossangoa area brought together 200 
students in a two-day meeting. A 
weekend at Berberati found 600 
young people present in the final 
meeting, and these saw 120 of their 
fellow students step forward to receive 



Facts about the "Life in Christ" campaign 

Several evangelical missions are cooperating in the campaign, with the 
Brethren mission and Baptist Mid-Missions having the largest involvement. 
Brethren missionary Wayne Beaver is the overall coordinator. 

Bible Literature International, with headquarters at Columbus, Ohio, 
has supplied many thousands of dollars to underwrite the printing of 
upwards of 3 million pieces of literature for the campaign. 

The campaign began officially in May 1970, preceded by many 
months of preparation, and is culminating in April 1971 with a mass 
meeting in Bangui, the nation's capital. 

For informative articles printed previously in Brethren publications, 
see the Brethren Missionary Herald issues of April 4 and December 12, 
1970, and Foreign Mission Echoes for March 1970. 

Two U.S. magazines, BLI Crusader and Christian Life, featured stories 
and pictures of the campaign in their February 1971 issues. 

Amazing stories keep coming concerning the workings and outreach 
of the campaign. No doubt a book could well be written on all that is 
happening. 



Christ as their Saviour. The team was 
at M'Baiki this past week with just 
over 100 in attendance and 30 de- 
cisions. Next they go to the cities of 
Sibut, Grimari, and Bambari to hold 
meetings. 

The national campaign has been in 
progress for almost nine months, and 
many phases of activity in the 
churches have been affected. The 
greatest of these has been the training 
and going forth of the Christians to 
testify to others. Especially has this 
been true in the Yaloke church. Dur- 
ing the month when each Christian 
went forth to win three unsaved 
friends, the Christians there brought 
245 people to a knowledge of the 
Lord and into the church. From Sep- 
tember to December these new con- 
verts were carefully instructed in the 
Word, using materials especially pre- 
pared by the campaign literature com- 
mittee for the use of the pastors, en- 
titled, "What Is a Christian?" and 
"The Walk of the Christian." Last Sun- 
day was the day of rejoicing as 162 of 
these new Christians were baptized at 
Yaloke. As the congregation sang and 
the School of Theology band played, 
five pastors entered the stream, and in 
unison baptized the 162 born-again 
ones, five at a time. 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



By Rev. Wayne Beaver 

Campaign Coordinator 



arvest Time in CAR 



In many parts of the country victo- 
ries such as these are being won for the 
Lord. At Rafai, nurse Daniel Biesse 
had put the name of a notorious old 
chief on his "Three Friends" card. The 
chief was known for his hardness to 
the Gospel, although his home was 
located right near the mission. Several 
times Daniel went to speak with him, 
but the reply was always, "I'm not 
ready yet." One day he went hunting 
hippos in a nearby river and one of 
them bit him on the leg, piercing 
through to the bone. They rushed him 
to nurse Daniel, and this time the 
wicked old chief was ready, and made 
his decision for Christ. 

Mary Ann Harris of the A.I.M. 
writes that "our people here are 
thrilled about the work the Lord has 
done through them in the cam- 
paign. Many who have never witnessed 
before have learned how to witness, 
and find real joy in doing so. There are 
over 20,000 refugees here in the 
M'Boki area, so visitation continues 
each week until we trust every road 
will be covered. We praise the Lord for 
giving you and the others the vision of 
the campaign. Only eternity will tell 
all that has been accomplished through 
it." 

She also tells of Natana and his 
family of five. After the Arabs 
plundered his village in southern 
Sudan, they fled to the Congo and 
then to the C.A.R. Arriving in the dry 
season, they were helped with rations 
supplied by the United Nations. Upon 
seeing a tract of the "Two Ways" left 
by visiting Christians, Natana knew 
that they believed as he did. He 
walked over twenty kilometers to the 
church at M'Boki, and for nine Sun- 
days in a row he was the first in Sun- 
day school, radiant to find fellow 
Christians. He kept bringing people 
with him whom he had led to the Lord 
during the week. First, an old man, 
then his wife, then another entire 
family he had led to the Lord through 
the tract of the "Two Ways." Natana 

April 3, 1971 



has now felt led of the Lord to start 
services in his home for his family and 
his six new converts. 

In the same letter Missionary Harris 
says: "Our churches here have asked 
that we write you for suggestions of 
someone who has the gift of evange- 
lism and would be willing to come 
here for a series of meetings. Hopeful- 
ly we'd like to have a small musical 
group prepared to accompany him. 
Perhaps he could hold meetings of 
three or four days in each center dur- 
ing the month of March." We are 



happy to report that pastor/evangelist 
Maurice Molepo has accepted this in- 
vitation. 

Christians in Africa meeting in daily 
prayer groups, as well as prayer bands 
in America, are praying for the large 
evangelistic meetings soon to be held in 
such places as Bouar, N'Zoro, 
Ngaoundere, Dime, Yaloke, Batangafo, 
Zemio, Rafai, Obo, M'Boki, Paoua, 
and many other places. Won't you join 
us before the throne of grace for a 
mighty outpouring of the Spirit of 
God upon this land? ®* 




A crowd of 1,900 people attended the evangelistic meeting at Yaloke. 
A collegiate musical team was directed by Mrs. Colette Steudler. 





Joining the happy couple after the ceremony are (I to r) Dan Hammers, Daniel, Julia, Mr, 
and Mrs. Tom Julien and Becky. 



OFF TO HOLLAND 
FOR A WEDDING 

By Miss Becky Julien 



In troduction — Recently Daniel 
Dutruc-Rosset and Julia Schouten 
were united in marriage in Rotterdam, 
Holland. Daniel is a French boy who 
was saved through Brethren Missions 
in the chapel at Lyon. He came to help 
at the Chateau in 1966 for a year, and 
was liked and admired by everyone. 
During that time he helped in many 
ways but the young people especially 
enjoyed his guitar playing, his poems, 
and the songs that he composed and 
sang. Soon Daniel decided that the 
Lord was calling him to go to Bible 
Institute where he would be instructed 
both in the Bible and in the area of 
music. There, at the GEM (Greater 
Europe Mission) Bible Institute near 
Paris, Daniel met Julia, a lovely "Dutch 
girl, and they set their wedding date 
for January 15, 1971. 



^^ne rainy day, January 14, 
Mom, Dad, "Uncle" Dan Hammers, 
and I got in the car and started 
out for Holland. That was quite ex- 
citing for me because I had never been 
there before. We had a picnic dinner in 
the car at noon, and after eleven hours 
of driving we arrived in Rotterdam 
where we ate supper in a restaurant. 

Immediately after supper we went 
to Julia's home and visited with her 
and Daniel and Mrs. Schouten, Julia's 
mother, who doesn't speak any 
French. Julia— and Daniel, too (be- 
cause he has learned to speak Dutch), 
translated everything we said, and 
pretty soon Julia's father came in from 
work. He owns a big barge which he 
operates regularly, and he told us that 
just a couple days before someone had 



broken the lock on his cabin door and 
had stolen many of the fixtures in his 
little apartment. That led into a long 
and interesting conversation while Mr. 
Schouten ate several steaming bowls of 
soup. We were amazed at the amount 
of coffee that the Dutch people drink! 
Every five minutes Mrs. Schouten 
would come up, point to our cups, and 
nod. Mother, who doesn't like coffee, 
braved two cups and she said that was 
the most she had ever drunk in one 
day! Julia's brother, Wim, came in and 
greeted us. 

The evening went by . . . and then 
Mr. Schouten said, "We planned to 
have you sleep in a modern hotel, with 
a view of the port, and running water 
— everywhere V At that they all smiled 
and winked at each other. After a few 
minutes Daddy said, "I get it. You're 
taking us to your boat, aren't you?" 
They just said, "Wait and see." To get 
there that night we had to climb over 
four other boats, watching where we 
put our feet in order not to slip and 
fall into the water. There were three 
rooms plus a kitchen— real cute— and 
we really slept well that night! 

When we awoke, Mother prepared a 
Dutch breakfast using all the good 
things Mrs. Schouten had given us- 
bread, butter, cheese slices, many 
varieties of cold meat, eggs, and a 
choice of hot beverages. After our 
"wedding-day breakfast" we quickly 
dressed in order to be ready when Wim 
would come to lock up the barge and 
take us back to Julia's house. 

Upon our return we met Wim's 
wife, dressed in a pretty purple maxi 
coat-dress, and we sat down and 
waited. You see, the custom is that the 
bride and her flower girl dress upstairs 
so no one sees them except the one 
who helps them. Then the groom and 
the photographer come and the groom 
goes for his bride, offers her the 
beautiful bridal bouquet, and then es- 
corts her to the car while the photo- 
grapher is taking pictures of each act. 
Well, the photographer didn't come at 
the hour planned, and according to the 
custom, things cannot proceed. For 
those of us in the living room, this 
made possible quite a visit with the 
nervous groom while his bride and her 
flower girl waited above us. 

Within an hour the key man ar- 
rived, Daniel found his lovely bride, 
and everyone very orderly got into as- 
signed taxis to go to the courthouse 
for the civil ceremony. Laws in Hol- 



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land are very much respected by the 
Dutch people, and since all the taxis 
had their maximum of four passengers 
and I was "extra," I had the privilege 
of riding in the bridal taxi with the 
bride, groom, flower girl, and, of 
course, the chauffeur. Because Daniel 
is French, the mayor also translated 
the civil wedding text into French. 

At noon we had a luncheon with 
soup, many kinds of sandwiches, a 
most attractive potato salad, pastries, 
and lots of coffee. The bridal couple 
joined their relatives a little late; it 
seems that the botanical garden is a 
favorite setting for the photographer 
who is assigned winter weddings while 
the parks are traditional for picture- 
taking of summer weddings. 

One of the most thrilling incidents 
of the day happened during this noon 
hour when Mr. Dutruc-Rosset, Daniel's 
father, arrived unexpectedly. We all 
were touched in witnessing the warm 
reception he was given by Julia's 
family, and especially by the newly 
wedded couple who had hoped until 
the last minute for such a surprise. We 
learned that it had been difficult for 
Daniel's family to plan ahead for this 
wedding, having just recovered from a 
death in the family followed by sick- 
ness on the part of other members. 





Family members enjoyed the luncheon. Seated: Mr. Schouten, and Julia's grandmother. 
Standing: (I to r) Julia, Daniel, Mr. Dutruc-Rosset, Julia's sister-in-law and Mrs. Schouten. 



Daniel talks with the taxi driver as they 
anxiously await the arrival of the pho- 
tographer. 



After lunch we left the little 
restaurant and walked to Julia's 
church, started by a missionary from 
Bible Christian Union, where she be- 
came a Christian and has attended for 
several years. Upon entering the 
church we all took our respective 
places— which incidentally were the 
only ones vacant— Julia and Daniel 
seated in the center aisle with her 
family on one side. On the other side 
Mr. Dutruc-Rosset, my parents, 
"Uncle" Dan, and I sat with a Bible 
Institute graduate-friend translating 
the wedding ceremony into French for 
us. The church choir sang. It was really 
nice. During the congregational singing 
we tried to sing too, but it was pretty 
hard. I was surprised to see the wed- 
ding rings placed on their right hands, 
but later Julia told me that in Holland 
only Catholic people wear them on 
their left hands. Toward the end of the 
ceremony Daddy presented the tradi- 
tional wedding Bible to the happy 
couple. 

When the ceremony was over it was 
already getting dark, and everyone 
walked over to the little restaurant 
again for an evening reception. We met 
among the guests an "Operation 
Mobilization" boy who invited us to 
come for a tour aboard their new ship 
docked nearby. With permission from 
the hosts, we accepted his invitation 
and slipped away for an hour. Oh, how 
neat it was! It reminded me of the 
ships that my family has taken at fur- 
lough time to return to the States. Of 
course, this ship was much smaller but 
nevertheless very interesting. It can 



carry 120 passengers, and they are 
soon going to sail around the world to 
evangelize. The staff and young people 
come from all over the world, making 
the effort an international one. The 
cabins, dining rooms, and lounges 
looked real nice. We would have liked 
to stay longer but we had to get back. 

Upon our arrival we noticed a lot of 
people had arrived since we had left. 
We sat down and with the others were 
treated to lots of good things— a wide 
selection of appetizers, dainty pastries, 
and cold drinks. In addition to the 
visiting and "snacking," one can really 
have a good time at European wedding 
receptions. Two of Julia's friends, dis- 
guised in crepe-paper costumes as the 
newlyweds, sang stanza after stanza. 
We couldn't understand, unfortunate- 
ly, but everyone was laughing heartily. 
In questioning Julia, she said it was 
about their height and some of the dif- 
ficulties that it produced. The evening 
continued on like that, when at nine 
o'clock we decided we would have to 
go since we must get up early the next 
morning to return to France. 

On the following day we returned 
home talking about all the new experi- 
ences we had. It was a happy trip for 
us all, but I think the thing that made 
us the happiest was thinking about 
having this same couple, Daniel and 
Julia, with us one week later when 
they would be joining the staff at the 
Chateau. *> 



Becky Julien is the fourteen-year-old 
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Tom Julien, 
Brethren missionaries in France. 



April 3, 1971 



I his past November, at gradu- 
ation time, the Bible Institute here in 
Africa completed its twenty-fifth year. 
We had had a good school year al- 
though during that time we faced a 
number of unusual situations which 
might have been serious. 

Perhaps the first disturbance was 
when the Dunnings left for furlough at 
the end of the first semester. Of 
course, this was not unexpected; we 
knew all about it and were planning on 
it. Fortunately, Miss Ruth Snyder, 
who has been teaching in the school 
ever since it started, came back from 
furlough about that time and was able 
to pick up her share of the teaching 
load. And a number of the ladies on 
the station volunteered to help with 
the women's classes. So we bridged 
that gap. 



disturbed us and caused us to lay hold 
on the horns of the altar, was a visit by 
a couple of church leaders to investi- 
gate what we were doing here. 

All of these disruptions were about 
enough to break up the school if we 
had had a different caliber of students. 
But the students faced all these situ- 
ations calmly and returned immediate- 
ly to their studies. In fact, they scarce- 
ly permitted any interruption to their 
studies. The result was that the grade 
level for the second semester was ap- 
preciably higher than the first, es- 
pecially for the first and third classes. 

The close of school was mighty 
busy. I suppose that is always true of 
graduation time. The first thing on the 
program was the Senior Supper, at 
which time the missionaries are hosts 
to the graduates— men and women- 



giving exams to the other classes, grad- 
ing exams, averaging grades, and pre- 
paring diplomas. 

This year's graduating class con- 
sisted of twenty-eight men and 
twenty-one women. Mr. Hocking came 
up from Yaloke to give the graduation 
address, which was a challenging mes- 
sage. All the graduates looked very 
fine, the men in nice khaki suits and 
the women dressed in blue. There was 
some disappointment when they 
learned that their "IB" (Institut 
Biblique) insignias had not arrived. But 
all in all the graduation went off very 
well. Some felt it was one of the best 
graduations they had witnessed. 

Our calendar for graduation time 
also included two other very im- 
portant events. First in point of view 
of time, was the marriage of one of 



Through frustrations, rejoicings, challenges 
and weddings . . . 



The Bible Center 
Was Buzzing 



By Rev. Robert Williams 

Missionary to A frica 




Pierre Yougouda and his new bride. 



Then there was considerable mis- 
giving when we learned that during the 
midsemester vacation a couple of 
church leaders were in the student 
village and were filling the ears of the 
students with adverse propaganda. On 
top of this, just when the new semes- 
ter was getting started, the director, 
Pastor Simon-Pierre Nambozouina, felt 
led of the Lord to ask a leave of ab- 
sence to give his full time to the "Life 
in Christ" evangelistic campaign. A 
very capable man was engaged to take 
his teaching load. Unfortunately, this 
replacement was delayed on the road 
for a week. Then, when he did arrive 
he immediately became ill and was un- 
able to meet his class for several days. 
All this added to the tension. 

Another unusual situation which 



and the faculty. This time I believe we 
served sixty-eight plates. A com- 
munion service, which is a definite 
part of our year-end activities, was 
held on Sunday afternoon before grad- 
uation. Then, for the seniors, there 
was grass cutting: they have to cut 
roofing grass to repair the houses for 
the incoming class. They make quite a 
celebration of this, starting out early 
in the morning, blowing their hunting 
horns, shouting and chanting. They 
have a lot of fun— and do some work! 
The venture involves us in that the 
grass is about seven miles away and we 
have to take the men out in the morn- 
ing and go after them in the evening, 
besides taking food to them at noon. 
All of this keeps someone pretty much 
on the go. Between times we are busy 



our faculty members. Pierre Yougouda 
was a member of the first School of 
Theology graduating class, and has 
been teaching in the Bible Institute 
ever since. He asked Mr. Hocking to 
remain and assist in the marriage cere- 
mony. They had a best man and 
bridesmaid, a veil, and a flower girl. 
The bride's brother gave her away. It 
was a double-ring ceremony, and there 
was a dedication-of-life service after- 
wards. Pastor Nambouzouina also as- 
sisted in the ceremony. Following that 
a wedding feast was held, to which we 
were all invited. 

We were happy for the privilege to 
join with Pierre and his bride in this 
happy occasion. We are glad to see 
marriage taking its proper place of im- 
portance among Christian people. We 



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hope you will be praying for this 
young couple. Pierre has dedicated 
himself to the service of his Lord. Here 
at Bible Institute he probably receives 
only a fraction of what he might re- 
ceive in some secular employment, and 
is constantly being tempted to leave 
and go into some more remunerative 
work. Taking unto himself a wife is 
not going to make it any easier for him 
unless his wife proves to be as especial- 
ly dedicated as he is. 

The second important event of our 
term-end was National Independence 
Day on December 1. We Americans 
still make a big thing of our Inde- 
pendence Day after almost 200 years, 
so it is not hard to understand why the 
day is very important to these people 
after only ten years. Business and of- 
ficial activity are practically at a stand- 
still for three days; that is, in addition 
to the days of preparation. But De- 
cember 1 is THE BIG DAY. Everyone 
from far and near goes to the stadium 
for a flag-raising and parade. People 
start gathering soon after daylight. I 
left just after five o'clock with the first 
load of students and ate my breakfast 
from a lunch basket. 

Many of the students marched in 
the parade. All the senior men were 
there, and quite a few of the women, 
wearing their pretty graduation 
clothes. The other two classes were 
also well represented, and each class 
wore its own distinctive uniform. With 
a flag of the country going before 
them, a big banner with the inscription 
"Institut Biblique," and each of the 
seniors carrying a new Bible, they 
looked very fine indeed. We were quite 
proud of them and the government of- 
ficials stood and clapped as they 
passed. 

And that just about ends the story 
for the past year. The next day the 
seniors started shipping out for home, 
some on buses and others on the mis- 
sion truck. We have had a little time to 
catch our breath and get ready for the 
new class. We hope you will be praying 
for these graduates. They are good 
men and women. Of course, we hope 
that as they return home they will 
enter into a ministry which will really 
honor their Lord. But they are going 
to meet many discouragements. We 
trust that you will pray for the school 
and also for the incoming class. We are 
facing some great problems as we 
begin the new year. W 



New Medical Personnel 
Ready for Africa 



■/raise God for His direction in 
the lives of a young medical doctor 
and his wife, a nurse, whom He has 
called to serve Him in the Central 
African Republic. The real need for 
more medical personnel has been 
presented over a period of time, 
and God is answering prayer. 

Dr. and Mrs. Larry Pfahler (pro- 
nounced Fay'lor, to rhyme with 
Taylor), have been appointed to 
missionary service by the FMS 
Board of Trustees, and their goal is 
departure for language study in 
France this fall, after which they 
will proceed to the field. 

Larry and Linda are both from 
northern Ohio, and are members of 
the First Brethren Church of 
Wooster. He is a graduate of Malone 
College at Canton, Ohio, and the 
Ohio State University College of 
Medicine. She studied to be a nurse 
at the Aultman Hospital School of 
Nursing, Canton, Ohio. They met 
while Linda was in her final year of 
nurse's training and Larry was in his 
first year of medical school. They 
were married shortly after her 
graduation, and she worked at the 
University Hospital in Columbus 
while Larry completed his training. 
During their four years in Colum- 
bus, where the medical school is 
located, they were active in the 
Grace Brethren Church under the 
ministries of Pastors Dave Hocking 
and Jim Custer, who contributed 
greatly to their spiritual enrichment 
and growth. 

While Dr. Pfahler was in his final 
year of med.-school, the Lord made 
it possible for them to spend several 
months on the Brethren mission 
field in the C.A.R They returned 
home knowing the need of the 
field, and being open to the Lord's 
leading in that direction. It was not 
long before they became aware that 




Dr. and Mrs. Pfahler and Heidi 

He was leading them back to the 
C.A.R. 

When Dr. Pfahler completed his 
internship at Riverside Methodist 
Hospital, Columbus, in 1970, they 
moved to Winona Lake, Indiana, 
for a year's study at Grace Semi- 
nary. They testify that this has 
been a highlight in their lives. Dur- 
ing this year Dr. Pfahler is serving as 
the college physician and also as- 
sisting part time in the Warsaw 
office of Dr. Harold Mason, who 
served for several terms on the 
Brethren mission field in Africa. 

While they complete the school 
year the Pfahlers are also busy in 
preparations for their departure. 
Their total support, already partial- 
ly underwritten, needs to be com- 
pleted. An outfit appeal is being 
sent out; a slide-tape presentation is 
in the making. Pray for them in 
every phase of their activity, pres- 
ent and future, that all will proceed 
smoothly that they may be on the 
field as quickly as possible. # 



April 3, 1971 



MEMO from Foreign Board Meetings 



Date: February 22-25, 1971 
To: Foreign Missionary Society 

From: Foreign Secretary 

Board Members: All trustees (11) present. 

Reports: Besides regular reports from field superintendents and office staff, special reports on 
Argentina, Brazil, and Germany were presented, reflecting on recent field visits by board members. 

Fields: Argentina — The updated mission strategy plan for Argentina was approved. Buenos Aires is 

immediate target for new church-planting emphasis. 
Brazil — Significant church growth noted. Seminary extension ministry initiated. Mission 

development plan on schedule. 
C.A.R. -Progress and success of "Life in Christ" campaign is of major significance. 

Appeal for church-planting and development missionaries urged. 

Field Superintendents: Argentina — Nelson Fay C.A.R. — Roy Snyder 

Brazil — Ralph Schwartz Europe — Tom Julien 

Mexico - Walter Haag 

New Missionaries: 

Dr. and Mrs. Larry Pfahler — medical missionaries to C.A.R. — departure date — September 

1971. 
Mr. and Mrs. Larry DeArmey — missionaries to France — departure date — September 1971. 
Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy — returning to Argentina after a number of years teaching 

missions at Grace — departure date — June 1971. 
These missionaries will need support funds promised before they can leave the U.S. By 

Board action no candidates may proceed even to language school without total support 

needs cared for. 

Budget: The FMS general fund budget for 1971 totals $680,267.94. This is $74,000 above last 
year's income. 

These are only a few of the many details dealt with. Other actions centered around topics 
such as health of missionaries, language study, total support policy, missionary deputation and con- 
ferences, and cadet missionaries. 

Nineteen seventy-one can be a great year in Brethren Foreign 
Missions. God's blessing is evident in the fields where Brethren 
missionaries are laboring. Please join us in prayer that all needs 
will be supplied and that missionaries will not be hindered through 
lack of prayer or financial support. 



A Moment with Missions 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAQ\ 



A NEW WORK 

IN BRAZIL 



Boys and girls of the Missionary Helpers Clubs 
send in their offerings to help support two "mis- 
sionary kids." Remember who they are? Did you 
say Agnes Aellig in Africa and Kenny Paul Burk in 
Brazil? You're right. 

Here is the newest picture of Kenny and the 
rest of his family. This picture was taken when 
they were all in the United States last year, before 
they went back to Brazil. Kenny is there in front, 
right next to his mother. His little sister, Lois, is 
between Mr. and Mrs. Burk. Tim is at the left, and 
tall big brother Art is at the back. His sister Linda, 
right, at back, is the only one who stayed in the 
U.S. She is going to college in Oregon. 

A letter, which Mrs. Burk wrote recently, said: 
"Tim and Ken find it very hard to concentrate on 
their studies with a jungle in their back yard and a 
river in their front yard." You see, the Burk family 
has gone to a brand-new mission station. In fact, 




it's not even a mission station yet— it's just a spot 
away out along the Guama River. They even have 
to build a house themselves. Then Mr. "Amazon 
Bill" Burk will travel around that area in his boat 
to tell people the good news about Jesus who 
wants to be their Saviour, and then they will begin 
a church. 

The Burk family really need our prayers as they 
start this new work. So— please remember to pray 
for Kenny Burk and all the Burk family. 




House along a river in Brazil 



Mr. Burk in his boat 



HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY 



IT'S SO WONDERFUL TO 
REMEMBER THE SPECIAL 
MESSAGE OF EASTER. -THAT 
JE5US IS ALIVE.' 



AND ALL THE NEW LIFE 
WE SEE IN GROWING 

THINGS SHOULD REMIND 
US OF OUR. NEW LIFE 
IN CHRIST 1 




AND THOSE WORPS 
REMIND ME OF THE 
"LIFE IN CHRIST" 
CAM- 
PAIGN 




April 3, 1971 



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Participating in the ordination service were 
(I to r) Dr. John C. Whitcomb, Rev. Glenn 
Coats, Rev. Merlyn Jones, Mrs. Bonnie 
McKay, Rev. John McKay, Rev. Paul Jack- 
son and Dr. Robert McKay. 

DEFIANCE, OHIO. Pastor John 
McKay was ordained to the gospel 
ministry at an afternoon service Dec. 
13. The ordination speaker was Dr. 
John C. Whitcomb and the presiding 
elder was Rev. Glenn R. Coats. Partici- 
pating ministers were Rev. Paul Jack- 
son and Rev. Merlyn Jones. Mrs. John 
McKay was the soloist with Dr. Robert 
McKay as organist. 

ELKHART, IND. A television series 
called Turning Point began Mar. 25 
over TV channel 28 at 10:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by an Elkhart businessman 
and several Brethren churches, the pro- 
gram will be aired each Thursday night 
for thirteen weeks. The 30-minute 
color telecast will feature outstanding 
Christians in various occupations, who, 
because of their faith in Jesus Christ, 
have had a turning point in their lives. 
The program will follow the "talk 
show" format, and musical groups 
from Grace College will be featured. 
Rev. Bill Smith of Winona Lake, Ind., 
will serve as moderator. 

RAMON A, CALIF. Rev. Grant 
McDonald and his wife, Esther, cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniversary 
recently. Their four children held a 
unique service for them before Pastor 
McDonald retired from the active 
ministry at the Grace Community 
Church. The McDonald family con- 
ducted the morning worship service 
with favorite hymns and Scripture. 
For the message, the three sons paid 
tribute to their parents. 



OKEECHOBEE, FLA. A farewell 
dinner was held for Rev. and Mrs. Ran- 
dall Maycumber and Lou Ann at the 
church Jan. 31. Mr. Maycumber con- 
cluded his ministry here by speaking in 
both services and baptizing six people 
into the membership of the church. 
The Maycumbers were given a special 
"Florida Money Tree" in appreciation 
of their ministry. Gerald Root, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Culminating with 
the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, 
the Sunday school of the Patterson 
Park Brethren Church has been on the 
"Glory Road Campaign" since Mar. 7. 
Emphasis during the six-week period is 
on six events that took place during 
the last days of Christ's life on His 
"road to glory." By meeting goals as- 
signed to them, the classes are able to 
participate in the events each week 
until Easter. John R. Terrell, pastor. 



AKRON, OHIO. Dr. W. A. Ogden 
has been called by the First Brethren 
Church to be their part-time visitation 
pastor. 

ELKHART, IND. Two former pas- 
tors can be assured that the financing 
of their children's college education is 
well-underway. Cynthia Shoemaker, 
daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Donald 
Shoemaker, and Philip Peugh, son of 
Rev. and Mrs. Roger Peugh, now have 
a college savings account in the Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation, thanks to 
the people of the Elkhart church. 
Everyone who contributes a quarter or 
more to the project will have his name 
entered on a card which will then be 
sent to the children. Gordon Bracker, 
pastor. 

FINDLAY, OHIO. The decision of 
a young boy to receive Christ as his 
Saviour was a moving conclusion to 
Youth Sunday Jan. 31. Mathew 
Skaria, a seminary student from India, 
and Pat McCune, a high school senior, 
were the special speakers for the morn- 
ing and evening services. Other youth 
who participated were Billy Cornwell, 
Tim Bibler, Todd Baker, David Miller, 
Wendee Baker, Anne Frost, James 
Coats, and Paul Coats. Glenn Coats, 
pastor. 




Gathered with Pastor Art Frank (far left) are eleven new members of the Palmyra church. 

PALMYRA, PA. The first two months of this year were bright as 18 people 
made decisions to receive Christ. Seven became members of the church through 
baptism, and five more transferred their membership into the church. The 
parsonage has been sold which will provide money necessary to purchase land 
and begin a building fund. The target date is 1973 for a building program. The 
Lord also provided a home which Pastor Art Frank could purchase. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Ctiarcli 
Duncansville, Pa. 
Martinsburg, W.Va. 
Goshen, Ind. 



Date 
Apr. 4-11 
Apr. 14-25 
Apr. 25-May 2 



Pastor 
John Gregory 
Robert Dell 
Robert D. Crees 



Speaker 
Herman Hoyt 
Allen Herr 
Mark Malles 



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STERLING, OHIO. Rev. Mark 
Malles, pastor of the Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, In- 
diana, recently conducted a week of 
Christian Life meetings at the First 
Brethren Church. Rev. Malles is a for- 
mer pastor of the Sterling church. Art 
Johnson, pastor. 

In Memory 

Death notices appearing in this column must 
be submitted in writing by a pastor. 



BENTON, Margaret A., a charter 
member of the Leamersville Grace 
Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa., 
passed away Dec. 30, 1970. John 
Gregory, pastor. 

BISHOP, Oliver, 58, a long-time 
member of the Grace Brethren Church 
in Grandview and Sunnyside, went to 
be with the Lord Feb. 13. William 
Shelby, pastor. 

CRAGHEAD, Jesse J. (Kit), 67, 
passed away Feb. 4. He was a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Covington, Va., since 1938. W. Carl 
Miller, pastor. 

FUERST, Clara, 86, entered the 
Lord's presence Jan. 29. She was a 
charter member of the First Brethren 
Church, Grandview, Wash. William 
Shelby, pastor. 

FUERST, Joe 84, a charter member 
of the First Brethren Church of Grand- 
view, Wash., and a long-time member 
of the Sunnyside First Brethren 
Church passed away in May 1970. 
William Shelby, pastor. 

KING, Jesse, 74, a charter member 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Waterloo, Iowa, departed to be with 
the Lord Jan. 19. She was the first re- 
cording secretary for the church, a 
position she held for 24 years. She also 
served as Sunday-school secretary for 
several years. John M. Aeby, pastor. 

MUSCH, Ardith, 37, of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa, 
passed away Feb. 14. John M. Aeby, 
pastor. 

OYLER, John H., 64, a faithful 
member of the First Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif., since 1953, went 
to be with the Lord Nov. 29, 1970. 
David L. Hocking, pastor. 

STYER, Fannie E., departed this 
life Feb. 17 after a lengthy illness. She 
was a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Lancaster. Arthur 
N. Malles, pastor. 



CHANGES. The pastor's home 
address for Rev. William O. Gardner of 
the Richmond Grace Brethren Church 
on page 85 of your Annual should be 
changed to 2215 Cranbeck Rd., 
23235. The phone number is correct 
as listed. The new address for Rev. Art 
Frank is 7856 E. Valley View Ave., 
Skyline View, Harrisburg, Pa. 17112. 

GOSHEN, IND. "Youth Reaching 
Out" was the theme of a special four- 
day emphasis at the church Feb. 7-10. 
Bill Drury, director of Teen Haven in 
Philadelphia, Pa., was the kickoff 
speaker Sunday morning. Jim Geerts, 
former hippie, drug addict and pusher 
now in the Elkhart Grace Brethren 
Church, spoke at the final service on 
Wednesday. On Monday night, the 
youth held a mystery supper and 
viewed a film. A musical team from 
Grace College presented a program on 
Tuesday evening. Robert Crees, pastor. 




Involved in the purchase of the Grange Hall 
property were (I to r) Pastor Donald M. 
Marken, Robert D. McKinney, O. C. Bibbee 
and Robert Jenne. 

COOLVILLE, OHIO. The Grace 
Brethren Church purchased the Grange 
Hall property which they had leased 
for services since 1969. Plans are 
underway for building a new edifice, 
after which the old landmark will be 
torn down. Completing the transaction 
above are (1 to r) Donald M. Marken, 
pastor; Robert D. McKinney, church 
trustee; O. C. Bibbee, grange master; 
Robert Jenne, church trustee. 



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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1971 NFBC 
ATI0NAL CONFERENCE - AUG. 6-1: 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Conference Theme: "I've Found the Answer" 

GREAT AMERICAN RALLY 

• DR. WILLIAM WARD AYER 

• DR. WILBUR NELSON 

EVENING CHALLENGE SPEAKER 

• REV. C. SUMNER WEMP 


\ 


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONVENTION 

• REV. GEORGE GARDINER 

SOUL-WINNING CLINICS 

• LED BY MR. RON PICARD 









April 3, 1971 



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SIX 

PHONY 

EXCUSES 



That's what they are, no 
matter how you look at them. 



By Paul H. Johnson 

CBMC International Chairman 



KJ'we a man some money free, and 
he takes it. Offer him the unending 
benefits of Christianity, and he begins 
making excuses as to why he can't ac- 
cept Christianity. Yet when examined 
closely, most of these excuses are irrele- 
vant and merely a smoke screen to avoid 
the real issues. 

I suppose some are sincere in their 
objections, but I believe most are simply 
trying to avoid seeing themselves as they 
really are. Perhaps if we thought about 
some of them in advance, it might help 
us to meet them and deal with them 
more effectively. Not argumentatively. 
For only the work of God in a man's 
heart changes him. Nevertheless, if we 
intelligently and kindly show the person 
that his objections do not "hold water," 
it may clear away the smoke so that we 



can make a positive presentation of 
Jesus Christ. 

Let's look at six of the most com- 
mon excuses. 



1 "There are so many 

hypocrites in the church. 
Why, I know so and so 
and he . . . ." 

1 Haven't you heard 

that one about a thousand times? I 
have, and I always quickly agree. 

Then in a kind and gentle way, I 
point out that it seems to me that they 
have one set of standards for the church 
and another for every other organiza- 
tion. There are bad actors in both the 
democratic and republican parties, but 
we don't fail to vote for our candidates 
because of them. Most country clubs 
and service organizations have members 



Reprinted by permission of CBMC Contact 
magazine, Wheaton, III. 



who don't pay their bills and are a little 
shady in the business world. Everybody 
knows it, but all the other members 
don't leave the club. 

I read in the paper once about some 
counterfeit money circulating in our 
town, but I didn't destroy my money 
because of it. One of the tenants in an 
apartment that I own recently was in- 
dicted by the Federal Grand jury, but 
all of the other tenants didn't move out. 
Nor did 1 sell the building. 

Every organization has its phonies, 
but we don't need to give up our own 
advantages because of a few counter- 
feits. How about Judas Iscariot? His 
character wasn't exactly impeccable; 
but in spite of the fact that he was on 
the inside with the Lord, he didn't keep 
the other eleven, or the thousands from 
following and trusting Jesus. 

Hypocrites in the church? Maybe so, 
but irrelevant. We'll pray for them and 
do all we can to weed them out. In the 
end, they will answer to God. 

But, friend, are you going to allow 
these bad actors to keep you from en- 
joying all the benefits of knowing Christ 
personally and eventually heaven? 

i "I don't really under- 

2 stand Christianity. How 

God can be three people 
in one, et cetera." 

Again I quickly agree. 



"You know, I really didn't under- 



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stand it fully myself— how God can be 
all He is. But I believe the Bible, and 
I've done what God said to do— simply 
trust Him. And it works. If we totally 
understood all about Him, we'd know as 
much as He does and then there 
wouldn't be much difference between 
us, and He wouldn't be God. 

But I don't see the connection of not 
fully understanding and not being will- 
ing to accept Him and enjoying what He 
has to offer. I don't fully understand 
electricity or television, but I don't go 
around in the dark or refuse to turn on 
the TV set. I surely don't understand 
the principles behind many of the elec- 
tronic computers, but we accept their 
results and often stake our lives on their 
conclusions. 

Isn't the loving, changeless God 
whom we don't completely understand, 
more reliable than electrical devices that 
we don't understand? I can't follow the 
connection between total understanding 
and rejection concerning God, when we 
don't use that same criteria on other 
things. 

Why not give God a break? 

Give Him the benefit of the doubt 
while you put your faith in Him. The 
Bible says that until we put our faith in 
Jesus Christ, the Bible is difficult to 
understand. After we trust Him, it be- 
gins to make more sense to us. We'll all 
understand it better by and by. In the 
meantime, while the learning process is 
going on, don't miss out on the tre- 
mendous benefits, while trying to 
understand all the little details. 

3 1 "It's so narrow. You say 
there is only one way." 
That's right, only one 
way. But what's wrong 
with that? 

a lot of things that are 

one way, and we're all 

fly a good deal on com- 

and often we land 



There are 
narrow and 
glad of it. I 
mercial airlines, 
at night or in a fog, and of all the hun- 
dreds of places the pilot could land that 
big jet, he always gets it onto the run- 
way. I'm delighted that all those experi- 
enced, well-trained pilots are so narrow- 
minded. 

This is so true in many other things, 
like putting complicated machinery to- 
gether. It only works if it's put together 
one way. Truth is always narrow. Two 
and two always make four. Error goes 
off in all directions. Nobody wants a 
broadminded math or science teacher. 

Narrowness is not a valid argument. 
Jesus said, "Strait is the gate, and nar- 

April 3, 1971 



row is the way which leadeth unto life, 
and few there be that find it." 

■ "But faith in God is so 

4 unscientific." 

Yet I feel just the op- 
posite. I don't know 

1 where you could find 

things that are more scientific than the 
things that God has made. Take the 
world itself and the way it rotates so 
accurately, and all the other planets, the 
sun and moon so perfectly timed, 
making the moon exploration possible 
with such accuracy. 

How about man, God's greatest 
creation, with all of his amazing ability? 
And as great as man is, he has never 
been able to create life or make any- 
thing so scientific that it can think or 
heal itself. Only God has been able to 
do that. 

Scientists have learned long ago that 
they cannot harness or control nature 
and God. But they have found that they 
can accomplish tremendous things in 
cooperation with and in dependence 
upon nature, because of the very scien- 
tific make-up of God. 

There is so much proof all around us. 
Man progresses as he discovers the 
orderliness of God in the physical realm 
and abides by it. 

Why does he so consistently fight the 
moral and spiritual order of God? This 
is the side of God that can be so helpful 
to us as individuals. And this is God's 
greatest interest— man and his personal 
relationship to God. Why not trust the 
greatest scientist ever? "The heavens de- 
clare the glory of God, and the firma- 
ment sheweth his handiwork." 

■ "It's too incredible. I just 

5 don't have the faith." 

I think I know what 
he's saying, but wonder 
I if he has really thought 
that through. We have faith so easily to- 
day, it seems, in so many things and in 
so many people. Why not in God? We 
put our lives in the hands of most any 
airline and its personnel without much 
hesitation. We drink the water in strange 
cities without having it tested. 

We invest our money in stocks and 
sometimes with friends, without real 
guarantees of success. We send our chil- 
dren to be taught by people that we 
know little or nothing about. All by 
faith in an organization or government 
or people. And all of these have histo- 
ries of failures over the years. Only God 
has a perfect record of never letting any- 
one down. Only God is completely and 



totally trustworthy. Jesus Christ is the" 
same yesterday, today and forever. 

6 "But I'd have to give up 

so much to become a 
Christian." 
That's true. You'd 
' have to give up a lot. 
You'd have to give up the search for 
true happiness and peace of mind and 
purpose in life. 

You'd have to give up wondering and 
worrying about where you came from, 
why you are here and where you will 
spend eternity. 

You'd have to give up the confusion 
and frustration that comes with these 
thoughts. Because you would find in 
Christ the answers and solutions to all 
of life. You would find it is not a case 
of giving up, but a case of "getting rid 
of." 

And if you become a Christian, no 
doubt there would be some things you 
would miss (sort of like you miss a 
toothache). 

There are habits and attitudes that 
you would give up, but not because you 
had to, but because you wanted to. Like 
giving up second grade hamburger for 
first-class steak. 

You see, God wants us to have the 
very best. Jesus said: "I am come that 
they might have life . . . and more 
abundantly." 

When we consider what a tre- 
mendous program God has provided for 
us, and that we can receive all benefits 
simply by faith, we should be awestruck 
and ever grateful. 

If this is our attitude, it follows that 
we will want to pay attention to the 
suggestions that God gives us for a 
happy and successful life as His chil- 
dren, and avoid the things God says to 
avoid. 

It's sort of like raising children. 
Parents know more than the kids. God 
knows best for us. "Trust in the Lord 
with all thine heart; and lean not unto 
thine own understanding. In all thy 
ways acknowledge him, and he shall 
direct thy path." 

Let me reemphasize the need to 
counter these arguments kindly, sincere- 
ly and with respect. Also, it should be 
noted that the discussion of these nega- 
tives should be kept to a minimum, and 
as quickly as possible, get on with a 
positive presentation of the claims of 
Jesus Christ. After all, it is not our 
cleverness or debating ability that saves 
men. It is the Spirit of God that works 
in their hearts. Keep it positive. # 

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I remember a story my father 
used to tell of a shepherd boy named 
Jon (pronounced YON). Jon would 
herd his father's flock for months at a 
time in the mountains along with the 
other men his father employed. 

One summer a man rode his horse 
into the camp and told the shepherds a 
wonderful story about a friend who 
could be their very own Shepherd. He 
taught them a way to remember this: 
beginning with the little finger, a word 
was assigned to each finger of one 
hand. "The Lord is MY Shepherd." 
Jon learned to grasp his index finger as 
he came to the word "MY." 

The missionary came as often as 
possible that summer, each time telling 
them something else wonderful and 
true about their personal Shepherd. 

A year later, the riding missionary 
came to the camp where he had met 
Jon. As he greeted each one, he 
noticed the youngest shepherd was not 
there. One of the other men told this 
story of what happened. 

"As the chilly fall winds blew 
across the mountains, we began the 
long walk down to the farm and the 
safety of the sheepfold. Just as we got 
there the snows began to fall. We were 
so happy to be home as we counted 
the sheep going through the gate. But 
one was missing. It was Jon's favorite 
little lamb and he was determined to 
find it. We all warned him that by now 
the snow up at our camp would be 
very deep. But Jon was determined. 
We watched him become smaller in the 
distance and soon night and snow both 
erased him from sight. 

It snowed very hard all the next 
day and Jon did not return. The 
second morning came, but Jon was not 
home yet. We went looking for him 
and found his frozen body sitting 
against a tree with the little lamb 
under his arm. But one thing was a 
little strange. We had to pry his hand 
away from his first finger. He must 
have been holding onto that finger real 
tight." 

Do you hang onto your personal 
shepherd that tight? Have you chosen 
a personal shepherd worth hanging 
onto? Our God is so good to us and 
faithful without one flaw. He promises 
to hang onto us so tight that "neither 
shall any man pluck them out of my 
hand." He also promises not to lose 
anything of what the Father has given 



HANG 

ON 

REAL 

TIGHT 



By Mrs. Dan Pacheco 
National WMC Officer 



Jon learned to grasp 

his index finger 

as he came to 

the word "MY." 



to Him. If He is yours personally, 
you're included. 

There are many other personal 
shepherds that readily become belong- 
ings and they are, oh, so easy to hang 
onto. Popularity. Rebellion. Drugs. In- 




Dan and Miriam Pacheco with Danny and 
Maria. 



difference. "Turtlenecklessness." You 
can add many more— some hang onto 
you so tight they squeeze harder than 
a bear hug. 

Popularity can get hold of your 
head and blow it out of proportion. It 
can influence your friendliness to ex- 
clude those who are supposedly "out." 
It can give illusions of grandeur, and 
conjure up a lot of other by-products 
easy to grasp. But once those "in" kids 
decide you're the one who's "out"— 
ZAP! You've had it! Worth hanging 
onto? 

Rebellion, drugs, indifference— one 
can lead to the other and all can be- 
come so tightly interwoven in your 
life's fiber there is no room to breathe. 
They lead to apathy; hatred of family, 
friends, even God, and finally yourself. 
Worth all the effort? Don't confuse 
the hanky-panky species of rebellion 
with the nitty-gritty kind. Not making 
your bed at a prescribed time doesn't 
turn you into a rebel (could be a first 
step, though). It's the heart-attitude of 
not caring about the Word of God as 
your personal belonging, not caring 
about the fruits of a Spirit-controlled 
life, that can be dangerous. 

"Turtlenecklessness"? Well, it's just 
a five syllable way to name the kind of 
person who hangs onto his shell so 
tight he never has any freedom. You 
know, home safe like the turtle— 
completely and forever. Everything is 
so confusing, it's easy to say the wrong 
words, nobody likes me, I can't do 
anything worthwhile . . . you've heard 
it all before. This type of personal 
shepherd rides herd on all the great 
plans God has for you. If you say a 
wrong word, it's certain someone will 
clue you in to the right one. If nobody 
knows you, how can they like you? 
Loosen your grasp on that shell and 
stick your neck out to see what's going 
on. You have to be moving if you 
want Him to lead you. God won't take 
you any faster than you're able to go, 
tortoise. 

David surely knew how beautiful 
the meadows were in the spring-green 
pastures, still waters. His beautiful 
Psalm, inspired in his heart by his per- 
sonal Shepherd, gives us the clue to 
what we need to experience, the fresh- 
ness and joy of spring in our personal 
relationship to Christ. Like the little 
boy in Sunday school saying his verse, 
"The Lord is my shepherd; what more 
could I want?" Hang on real tight! # 



April 3, 1971 



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No other group 
can say as we 
Christians can say 
of our leader, Jesus- 
He is not dead! 




The Victorious Message 
of Easter 



By Mrs. Richard Sellers 

Pastor's Wife 



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Victory is certain— is sure— because 
the Victor lives forever. He is all- 
powerful, ever-present and has all- 
knowledge. This is the victorious 
message of Easter . . . the message that 
we must give to the waiting world. The 
subject of this message is Jesus Christ, 
the Victor. 

I Know That Jesus Is My Redeemer 

How wonderful it is in this war- 
torn, problem-filled world to know 
that Jesus is my personal Redeemer 
and Saviour. This Easter time brings to 
all the victorious message of salvation. 

He saved me— a sinner, lost, and 
bound for hell. Christ came to earth 
"to seek and to save that which was 
lost" (Luke 19:10) and I know Him as 
the Saviour who loved me enough to 
die on the cross to save me and who 
will take me to heaven to live with 
Him forever and ever. Not for a day, 
not for a month, not for a year— but 
for eternity, forever and ever. Praise 
His name! He is my Redeemer. 

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth 

The victorious message of Easter 
for me also includes the fact that my 
Redeemer liveth. Yes, it is wonderful 
to know that my Saviour, my Re- 
deemer, liveth. Job had this assurance: 
"For I know that my redeemer 
liveth . . ." (Job. 19:25). No other re- 
ligion in the world can make this 
claim. I think of the Buddhists— their 
Buddha is dead. I think of the 
Muhammadans— Muhammad is dead. I 
think of the Communists and their 
leader, Lenin— he is dead. On and on I 
could go giving other illustrations, but 
no other group can say as we Chris- 
tians can say of our leader, Jesus— He 
is not dead. He arose. Today He is in 
heaven, seated at the right hand of 
God making intercession for us— His 
children (read Rom. 8:34). We are 
bought with His blood. 

Jesus, himself, said in John 
11:25-26 "...I am the resurrection, 
and the life: he that believe th in me, 
though he were dead, yet shall he live: 
And whosoever liveth and believeth in 
me shall never die . . . ." Either you 
believe Jesus or you call Him a liar. I 
choose to believe Him. He is alive to- 
day! 

The story is told of Michelangelo as 
he conversed with his fellow artists 
that he was filled with indignation and 

April 3, 1971 



said, "Why do you keep filling gallery 
after gallery with endless pictures of 
the one ever-reiterated theme, of 
Christ in weakness, Christ upon the 
cross, Christ dying, most of all— Christ 
hanging dead? Why do you con- 
centrate upon that passing episode, as 
if that were the last word and the final 
scene, as if the curtain dropped upon 
that hour of disaster and defeat? At 
worst, that only lasted a few hours. 
But to the end of unending eternity, 
Christ is alive; Christ rules and reigns 
and triumphs." 

I am so thankful that Jesus lives to- 
day, I know He lives, He lives within 
my heart. 

I Know I Serve A Risen Saviour 

If you know Jesus as your Saviour, 
and you know that Jesus lives today- 
how can you serve Him? 

(1) As a witness in your home. As 
a mother you can daily serve Jesus by 
telling your children of Jesus, His love 
for them, and their need of Him. 
(2) As a Christian, as a believer in 
Jesus, you can tell others— that neigh- 
bor next door, that friend who needs 
Jesus, that cousin who just lost her 
child and needs a word of encourage- 
ment from you, and so forth. (3) As a 
member of the WMC you can serve by 
praying for and writing to your mis- 
sionaries. Let them know that you 
care and remember them. There are 
many other ways you can serve Jesus, 
your risen Saviour. How many can you 
name? 

What a privilege to serve Jesus, a 
risen Saviour. Only you can do the job 
He has given to you. No one else can 
take your place— no one else can wit- 
ness to your friends as you can. If you 
do not serve Him by witnessing— 
friends of yours may be lost for eterni- 
ty- 

At this Easter season let's think 
anew of our risen Saviour— He is not in 
the grave but He is alive today and 
wants you to serve Him. In Joshua 
24:15 we read: ". . . choose you this 
day whom you will serve . ..." I trust 
you have chosen to serve Jesus-the 
risen Saviour. 

I know Jesus Comforts In 
Time Of Death 

Easter time brings a victorious 
message because I know Jesus com- 
forts in time of death. ". . . .to be 



absent from the body, and to be 
present with the Lord" (II Cor. 5:8). 
When a loved one dies in the Lord how 
precious to know that he or she is with 
Jesus and we will see that one again. 
Death means only a short separation 
until we will be united in heaven. 
Psalm 23:6 says, "I will dwell in the 
house of the Lord for ever." Soon I 
will meet my loved one and then to- 
gether we will be with the Lord for- 
ever. What a comfort this promise is in 
time of sorrow. 

I Know Jesus Is Coming Again 

There is another message of Easter 
—I know Jesus is coming again. Ac- 
cording to I Thessalonians 4:16-"the 
Lord himself shall descend from 
heaven with a shout, with the voice of 
the archangel, and with the trump of 

God " Maybe 1971 will be the 

year Jesus returns. Are you living each 
day, watching and waiting for Jesus' 
return? Are you praying as John 
prayed, "Even so, come. Lord Jesus" 
(Rev. 22:20)? 

How well the poem, "Resurrection," 
by Avis B. Christiansen presents the 
victorious message of Easter. 

Resurrection 

What saith the empty tomb to me 
This hallowed Eastern Morn? 

It speaks of life and victory, 
An glorious hope new-born. 

It tells of One who hung in shame 

Upon a cross of woe, 
That all who call upon His name 

Eternal life might know. 

It tells me He hath risen indeed, 
And at the Father's throne 

Now daily stands to intercede 
For His redeemed. His own. 

It tells me that because He lives, 

I too shall never die; 
And everlasting hope it gives 

Of joy with Him on high. 

It tells me death is overthrown- 
Yes, 'tis a conquered foe, 

For Christ the way of life hath shown 
Through Calvary's cross of woe. 

What saith the empty tomb today? 

It saith, "The Lord hath risen. 
Dispelling ever more the gloom 

Of death's foreboding prison." 

It saith, "Look unto Him and live. 
For He hath power to save; 

Life everlasting He doth give. 

And vict'ry o'er the grave! " # 



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Concluding a series on the 

1970-71 WMC Birthday Missionaries 



God Had Plans 
for Her Future 



By Marcia Wardell 




Mrs. Colette Steudler with her husband, Jean-Louis, and 
their younger daughter N icole. 



Some years back, when the demand 
increased for schools to be conducted 
in the French language on our field in 
the Central African Republic, a defi- 
nite need was felt for teachers whose 
native language was French. This 
brought about the contact with Mr. 
Jean-Louis Steudler and his wife, 
Colette, who were the first of the 
Swiss teachers to go to the Brethren 
Africa field, and they have served 
with the mission since 1958. Mr. 
Steudler is director of the James Crib- 
ble High School at Yaloke, where the 
Steudlers make their home. As highly 
valued members of the mission staff 
they lend appreciated assistance in 
other areas besides the school. Mrs. 
Steudler has trained musical groups, 
and presently these are a great asset in 
meetings of the field-wide Life in 
Christ evangelistic campaign. 

Mrs. Steudler tells us of her own 
life: 

"I was born into the family of Rene 
Giovannoni, a mechanic at Neuchatel, 
Switzerland. My father, who came 
from the Italian part of Switzerland, 
was Catholic. My mother, who speaks 
French, is Protestant. From these cir- 
cumstances I have two recollections of 
my childhood. The first took place be- 
fore I went to school. My grandmother 
took me to the Catholic church with 
her. While the priest was performing 
the ceremony, she leaned over toward 
me and held out a piece of bread, say- 
ing, "Eat this and be careful because it 
is a part of Jesus' body." I obeyed, 
waiting for the moment when the 
miracle would take place. I was greatly 
disappointed when I realized that 
nothing was going to happen. 

"My second recollection took place 



a few years later when I was in the 
second grade. Every Sunday morning 
our teacher used to call the children to- 
gether to teach the Bible. One day she 
told us about Solomon. One detail 
struck my attention. It was when the 
Lord said to Solomon, 'Ask what I 
should give you.' Solomon did not ask 
for riches, but for an intelligent heart 
to distinguish between the good and 
the bad. My heart was touched by this 
example and I determined to ask God 
for wisdom also. Perhaps I had some 
disobedience on my conscience that 
day, but nothing is overlooked by the 
Lord and my request for wisdom was 
recorded in heaven." 

Twice within a year or so young 
Colette's life was endangered, first be- 
cause of meningitis, and second, 
diphtheria. But the efforts of brave 
doctors pulled her through. "The Lord 
protected me those two times because 
He had other plans for my life," she 
says. 

The years went by uneventfully "in 
a family that I thought was happy," 
she relates. "However, no one went to 
church." Colette liked to walk in the 
out-of-doors and she recalls once tak- 
ing a bouquet of beautiful autumn 
leaves to school. But her teacher only 
threw them in the wastebasket. Per- 
haps that teacher would not have done 
such a thoughtless deed if she had 
known how long the memory of it 
would persist in the mind of her 
young pupil! 

When she finished her high school 
course, Colette had no idea what she 
should do, but she followed along with 
two girl friends who wanted to attend 
a teachers college. A young man who 
sat at the table beside hers was ap- 



parently very different from the 
others. His name was Jean-Louis 
Steudler. "So a friendship was born. 
Little by little he began to talk to me 
about the Bible and I was interested." 

Jean-Louis invited Colette several 
times to meetings of the Action 
Biblique group, and in particular to 
the showing of a film about youth 
camps. Colette was interested in the 
film because of the many experiences 
she had had at Girl Scout camps. 

When the course was finished, they 
parted, Colette to teach in a children's 
home in the Alps, Jean-Louis to a 
Bible school in England. "But we con- 
tinued our correspondence. At Christ- 
mas time I asked my father for a 
Bible. It was his last gift, because he 
died two months later." 

When World War II broke out in 
1939, Colette, as a member of the Girl 
Scouts, enlisted to work in a health 
unit of the army. She was very dis- 
appointed to hear from Jean-Louis 
that he felt they should stop corre- 
sponding because of her worldly man- 
ner of life. Later, after leaving the 
army, she became a telephone oper- 
ator. In the city where she was work- 
ing some evangelistic meetings were 
taking place. "So I attended, and on a 
certain Sunday I understood that the 
Lord wanted me to give Him my life, 
which I did. Then I became sick, and 
while I was in the hospital I received a 
letter from Jean-Louis, to whom I had 
written about my recent decision for 
Christ. We got together again, and then 
became engaged. I left my work to go 
to Bible school. 

"In 1945 the war was over. It 
seemed like we would be able to get 
married, but no, not yet. An offer 



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came from Cairo, Egypt, requesting a 
French teacher to come to teach at the 
English Mission College. It was on the 
condition that Jean-Louis would come 
alone to begin these classes. It was a 
difficult decision to make for both of 
us. But we decided to do the Lord's 
will. 

"A year later we were married and 
we worked in Egypt during eight 
years. That is where Chantal, our older 
daughter, was born. Because of diffi- 
culties with the director of a Swiss 
school in Alexandria where we had 
taught for six years, we returned to 
Switzerland. A few months later 
Nicole was born. Jean-Louis found 
another teaching job and I opened a 
kindergarten. In spite of all the ad- 
vantages that these jobs gave us, we 
still had the desire to return to the 
mission field. The Lord was also wait- 
ing for us. It was in reading an evan- 
gelical magazine that we learned of the 
request of Charles Taber for a couple 
to teach in the C.A.R. In a very short 
time God opened the door for us to 
come here, and you know the rest. 

"Thanks be to God for His faithful- 
ness!" And thank you, Colette Steud- 
ler, for our opportunity as WMC mem- 
bers to become better acquainted with 
you this year while you are one of the 
"Birthday Missionaries." # 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Ran- 
dall Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035 
First Vice President (Proj. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Ralph Hall, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Second Vice President (Prog. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Phillip Simmons, 10600 S. E. 226th St., 

Kent, Wash. 98031 
Recording Secretary-Mrs. Gerald Kelley, 

Box 67, New Troy, Mich. 491 19 
Assistant Recording Secretary-Mrs. Dan 

Pacheco, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Robert 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, Ind. 46590 
Assistant to the Financial Secretary-Treasur- 
er-Mrs. Donald Sellers, Hi-Vu Mobile 

Court-Lot 36, Lexington, Ohio 44904 
Literature Secretary -Mrs. "Charles Koontz, 

R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chairman -Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 

604 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, Route 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 46711 
Assistant SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald 

Franks, 1513 Greenhill Dr., Warsaw, Ind. 

46580 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - JUNE 1971 

AFRICA 

Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman, Jr June 12 

B. P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Rev. Martin M. Garber June 14 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Lynda Kay Garber June 15, 1969 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Rev. Roy B. Snyder June 1 5 

B. P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

ARGENTINA 

David Clark Miller June 12, 1966 

Bartolome Mitre 2370, Jose Marmol, F.C.G.R., Pcia. de Bs. As. Argentina, S. A. 

BRAZIL 

Earle Phillip Hodgdon June 1 1 , 1956 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Beverly Anne Hodgdon June 26, 1961 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

EUROPE 

Mrs. Roger D. Peugh June 17 

7015 Korntal, Neuhaldenstr. 55 Germany. 

Rev. Roger D. Peugh June 17 

7015 Korntal, Neuhaldenstr. 55 Germany. 

Rev. Thomas T. Julien June 27 

30, rue Gambetta, 71 -Macon, France. 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Rev. S. Wayne Beaver June 2 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Mr. Raymond H. Davis June 7 

P. O. Box 5 88, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Mrs. Rose Foster June 9 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 



National WMC 

April and May 

Offering Goes to 

"oreign Missions 





April 3, 1971 



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Mm it. . 



By Mrs. George Ripple 

Northeastern Ohio 
District WMC President 



"Good, better, best, never let it 
rest until your good is better and your 
better best." 

These few words opened our first 
planning meeting when thirty-three of 
our Northeastern Ohio District officers, 
local presidents, and pastors' wives 
gathered together. Exciting projects 
were reviewed and plans for the year 
were formulated. Since that time, we 
have had the joy of seeing many of our 
plans materialize. 

At the October rally held in con- 
junction with the district conference 
approval was given by the women for 
the following projects: January 1971 
goal— $200 to be divided between Jew- 
ish Work, Operation and Publication 
Offering, and Jump Seats for the 
Northeastern Ohio Quiz Team. In 
April our goal is to give $150 to the 
missionary residences in Winona Lake 
and the balance for a tape recorder for 
Hawaii. An air-conditioner for the of- 
fice of Dean of Women at Grace Col- 
lege and layettes for the Kentucky 
missions are the July projects. 

A mission quiz conducted at the 
rally by Mrs. Robert Markley was very 
interesting and informative. The score 
was tied between the Brown and Blue 
teams. 

Our January rally was held in 
Norton with an attendance of seventy 
-eight. Mrs. W. A. Ogden gave a very 
interesting report on caring for mis- 




Attending the first planning meeting were 33 district officers, local presidents, and pastors' 
wives. 



sionary children as she reviewed the 
blessings, and some "not-so-called bless- 
ings," which she and "Uncle Bill" 
shared as they provided a home for 
Ann and Donna Kliever just twenty 
years ago. 

We are sponsoring a SMM Girl of 
the Year by paying $50 toward her 
youth conference expense. It is a real 
blessing to have women who are will- 
ing to give of their time and talents to 
work with the girls in our district. 

An attendance plaque is given the 
council having the highest percentage 
of their membership present at the 
rallies. They are also presented with a 
book for their group and a small token 
is given to each member present. 

We praise the Lord for our councils 
who give so liberally, enabling us to 
meet, and many times exceed, our 
financial goals. 

Space does not permit us to name 
the women who are so willing to give 
of themselves; whether it be playing 
the piano, a message in song, or what- 
ever the need might be. We thank the 
Lord for them. 

We have tried to make the "good" 
things "better," and I am sure when 
our new officers are installed in March 
at our district conference, we shall go 



on to the "best" year our district has 
had in the work of WMC. 

It was with fear and trembling, 
three years ago, that I accepted the re- 
sponsibility of the office of the North- 
eastern Ohio District WMC president. I 
shall miss it! Time goes all too quickly, 
and as I look back, I know the 
Lord was with me and I have learned 
that, "I can do all things through 
Christ which strengeneth me" (Phil. 
4:13). Now I can truly say, "Be care- 
ful for nothing; but in every thing by 
prayer and supplication with thanks- 
giving let your requests be made 
known unto God. And the peace of 
God, which passeth all understanding, 
shall keep your hearts and minds 
through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7). 

Living abundantly in Christ will 
help us to live and work abundantly in 
WMC-a blessing I wish for each of 
you. 

The clock of life is wound but once, 
And only God has the power 
To say just when the hands will stop. 
At a late or early hour. 

Now is the only time you own, 
So live, love, toil with a will. 
Place no faith in tomorrow, for 
The clock may then be still. # 



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CATCH 
THE 

ENTHUSIASM 

BUG 



By Miss Wilma Hartley 



I have found that in serving my 
Lord half-hearted work is not enough, 
but He wants His work done heartily 
and enthusiastically. About twenty 
years ago when I was just a young 
Christian, we were having a meeting in 
the basement of our church one night 
and we needed a pianist. Just about 
that time Mrs. Norman Uphouse 
walked in and we asked her to play for 
us. She answered very enthusiastically, 
"I'd be glad to." I don't remember 
what the message was or who preached 
it but I remember her answer because 
she answered enthusiastically— as 
though it was really a privilege to play 
for her Lord. I have thought of this 
incident many times and asked my 
Lord to give me similar enthusiasm to 
do His work heartily for His glory. 

In 1968 some of us from the 
Southern Ohio District went to 
national conference and among the 
"specials," we attended the SMM Tea 
and the coronation of the SMM Girl of 
the Year. The girls and patronesses 
from our district who were present 
were absolutely thrilled. They came to 
me with all kinds of plans to use back 
home. So, we returned home with our 
packages of contagious enthusiasm and 
spread it around our district. The en- 
thusiasm began to grow, slowly at 
first, but after our fall rally several 



girls had caught the "enthusiasm bug" 
and were ready to be candidates for 
the Southern Ohio Princess. As the 
girls worked, the patronesses worked, 
and then more girls began to work. By 
the time of the spring rally we had 
twenty-three girls excited about being 
candidates for Junior Representative 
or Southern Ohio Princess. 

WHAT DID IT? The enthusiasm of 
girls and patronesses who had caught 
the "enthusiasm bug" from the people 
at conference. 

Does enthusiasm work? Let me give 
you another example of what our 
Lord has done with the "enthusiasm 
bug." Last year our district SMM 
board met to plan the year (again, 
right after national conference). Since 
the district was building the Grace 
Brethren Village, a retirement home, 
we decided this would be a worth- 
while project for us to work on. We 
planned a penny parade with a big 
clock made out of a fish bowl. Our 
goal was twenty-five dollars. We sent 
letters telling everyone to save their 
pennies for the penny parade. At the 
district WMC workshop we showed the 
clock to everyone and told them we 
were going to see how full we could 
get it. 

The night of the fall rally came and 
the penny parade began. We sat there 
with our mouths open in surprise and 
thanking our God for His greatness. 
The pennies came in by the canfuls. 
We could hardly believe our eyes. 
When the count was finished we had 
ninety-three dollars. Needless to say 
we had to change our goal. By the 
spring rally we had reached our second 
goal— two hundred and fifty dollars. 
Why did this happen? It happened be- 
cause our God used the "enthusiasm 
bug" and some women and girls who 
were willing to dedicate their time and 
energy to His work. The girls saved 
pennies and faithfully contacted 
penny partners every week. When the 
girls were excited the people of the 
churches were excited, too. 

I firmly believe that enthusiasm is 
one of the keys to success. If we of 
SMM and WMC can catch the "en- 
thusiasm bug" we can do more and 
greater things for our wonderful Lord. 
Did you know that the reason we 
don't have more SMM groups in our 
churches is because there are not 
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themselves? So many times when I 
have contacted WMC presidents they 
say, "We don't have anyone to work 
with the girls." Is this you and your 
church? Ladies, our Lord is able to 
help you, to train you, to give you the 
time to work with the girls, and to 
supply every need you might have. If 
you will just be willing to say: "Lord, 
here I am, use me." Don't say it unless 
you really mean it though, because if 
you say it be ready to work. I think 
we of WMC need to pray very hard 
and live very dedicated lives because 
we are training the future church and 
as we train— so goes the church. 

Girls, your God needs you, too. Let 
the "enthusiasm bug" bite you. If you 
are excited about SMM and the work 
our Lord Jesus has given you it will be 
contagious and others will catch the 
"bug" and help with the work. 

"Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as 
to the Lord" (Col. 3:23). Have you 
ever noticed how much easier and how 
much more fun it is to do something 
when you put your whole self into it? 
May I leave you with one thought- 
Nothing can beat enthusiasm coupled 
with prayer. I have relied on this 
formula for several years now. My God 
has never let me down and I have 
never been sorry that I've given my all 
to Him. W 






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Reflections By Still Waters 3 

Work and Growth at Fremont Chapel ... 4 

Response 9 

Sharpen Up for the Seventies 10 

Church News 13 

Current and Christian 16 

Report from the Board 17 

Grace Is Worth Working For 18 

Summer Teams To Tour 20 

Grace Students Reach Out to 

Area Mexicans 21 

Delta Tau Chi 22 

Lancer Basketball Wrap-up 23 

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April 17, 1971 

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A Tribute 

March 23 dawned gray and cloudy 
in Northern Ohio. It was like many 
other days in late March with winter 
making a last bid to be remembered. 
The winds blew the snow in swirling 
circles. The event that was to make it 
different was that Ted Henning had 
come back home. It was the day to 
pay tribute to a Christian layman who 
had served God. Now his labors were 
ended. In the rural community of 
Middlebranch, Ohio, a simple, digni- 
fied service of memorial was held. 
Proper recognition to God and His 
servant was presented by a former 
pastor, Wesley Haller. A tribute from 
the president of the Foreign Mission- 
ary Society of the Brethren Church, 
Rev. W. A. Ogden, was given, and we 
went back out into the cold March air 
of reality. 

Ted and Naomi Henning served the 
Lord for many years in the Middle- 
branch church. Ted was a determined 
and resolute servant of God and when 
he set his mind and will to the task-he 
fulfilled the mission. I shall leave it to 
others to outline the many areas of his 
work. 

Last June, he and Mrs. Henning 
went to Africa. The purpose of the 
visit was to use Mrs. Henning as a 
supply teacher in the absence of Ruth 
Kent. Ruth was to be on furlough and 
there was a need at Bata of a teacher 
for the missionaries' children. The 
Hennings went at their own expense to 
do this missionary work. Since they 
were retired, it was the fulfillment of a 
dream and a desire. 

Serious illness forced the departure 
of Mr. Henning from Africa on March 
7. Reaching Paris, he became critically 
ill and was hospitalized. It was while 




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here that the Lord called him to his 
heavenly home. 

I am impressed not only with the 
story of a Christian servant but of a 
Christian idea and principle that I find 
here. Many people come to the latter 
days of life with a feeling of uncertain- 
ty and want to look back for security. 
Then, there are others who look for- 
ward and ask what there is to be done 
yet for the Lord. Caleb, in the Old 
Testament, at the age of eighty-five, 
asked for a mountain to conquer and 
an enemy to subdue. That kind of 
faith in God stirs something in me and 
creates a feeling of warmth and en- 
couragement. Certainly Ted could 
have said that it was time to take it 
easy after years of work and labor. 
After all, had he not done a great deal 
already, and wasn't it time to enjoy 
life at a slower pace? Maybe to hold 
back would mean the adding of a few 
more years of life. It all sounds very 
tempting. But no, that was not the 
way it was to be. 

Ted came back home for the last 
time— came to the place where he had 
worshiped and worked. The trip to 
Africa had cost him and his family 
something, some very valuable time to- 
gether, but I am certain that these 
missed days on earth will be made-up 
for in eternity. The work that may 



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By Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



have cost him time will be more than 
offset by the testimony that he bore in 
this service in Africa. 

I admire here the spirit of Christian 
adventure. The reaching out to do for 
God a new task at a different time in 
life. It sets forth a step of faith which 
has been the basis of accomplishment 
through the centuries of time. My 
great regret is that I do not see it more 
often in our Brethren churches. A will- 
ingness to trust God and leave the 
results in His hands. Yet, I am en- 
couraged and hopeful that this spirit 
of faith will grow, expand, and multi- 
ply and that God will be able to bless 
us mightily. 

The cold wind of March with its 
wet snow reminded me to stir back to 
a world of responsibility. Ted Henning 
came back home to Middlebranch in 
body only. He is now eternally with 
the Lord. 

There will be many other cold 
March days, and there will be many 
services where God's people gather to- 
gether to pay their tributes to their 
friends. Let us all hope that there will 
be many others who will be willing to 
pay the price of service. ®* 



April 17, 1971 




Pastor Marion Thomas cares for a perplexing shoestring problem. 



After a quiet beginning in 
November 1969, Pastor Marion 
Thomas has watched the Fremont 
Chapel grow into a powerhouse fo 
God, unified by a spirit of 
Christian love. 



By Rev. Marion Thomas 

Pastor, Fremont, Ohio 



WORK AND GROWTH 
AT FREMONT CHAPEL 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Lighteen months of labor in 
God's great harvest field has resulted 
in over 125 decisions for Jesus Christ 
in Fremont, Ohio. The Grace Brethren 
Chapel of Fremont has claimed the 
spiritual principle of Galatians 5:22: 
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, 
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, good- 
ness, faith." 

Pastor Marion Thomas began this 
ministry in November of 1969 and 
trusted God to bear fruit in their midst 
from week to week. The unshackled 
power of the Word of God was demon- 
strated from the very beginning in 
changed lives being born of the Spirit 
of God. 

The Grace Brethren Chapel was 
initiated as a branch work of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Fremont. A small 
nucleus of Brethren people who lived 
in the Chapel area became regular in 
their attending and support of the con- 
gregation. The pastor was over- 
whelmed with the sacrificial and 
gracious people who rallied in response 
to the challenge of the Chapel work. 
Decisions for salvation spaced sover- 
eignly throughout these first months 
have taught the congregation warmth 
and expectancy for the working of 
God in their midst. 

Some of the families who have been 



sharing this ministry are the Harold 
Beckleys, the Richard Smiths, the 
Clyde Lenharts, the Charles Beards, 
the Floyd Waggoners, and Mrs. Robert 
Brown. New visions of the need to 
reach their world with the Gospel 
compelled them to become involved in 
sharing their faith. 

During the first weeks of 1970, the 
pastors from Fremont, Bowling Green 
and Findlay Grace Brethren Churches 
helped in the first evangelistic meet- 
ings. The people became immediately 
involved and the fires of evangelism 
were kindled. The outreach pattern of 
church existence was indelibly 
stamped in the minds of the people 



and results go on. 

Dan Waggoner, a student at Grace 
College, became the youth director in 
January 1970. He was asked to bring a 
group of young people from Grace Col- 
lege on the last weekend of every 
month and have the responsibility of 
the church services. The young people 
have accepted this ministry and it has 
resulted in not only our own vigorous 
youth work but a Bible class which is 
held regularly in the nearby school on 
mornings before school sessions begin. 

Visitation evangelism with Mr. and 
Mrs. Ron Picard came to Fremont 
Chapel during the summer months of 
1970 and many decisions were final- 




The growing congregation (above) needs more space than their present facilities (below) allow. 




April 17, 1971 



ized in the Sunday services. This soul- 
winning ministry sponsored by The 
Brethren Home Missions Council was 
launched at the "mother church" by 
instructing the people in the art of 
dealing with people about their spirit- 
ual destiny. New converts won at this 
time began immediately to share their 
faith with others. Attendances grew 
rapidly into the 70's and 80's and this 
provided a seating problem over which 
we had no answer. 

The Lord solved the seating prob- 
lem on September 12, 1970, when a 
gift of 216 steel chairs arrived at the 
church. The seating problem gave way 
to a space dilemma and this was solved 
as the Lord provided a house trailer on 
Monday, October 26. Richard Smith 
spent a whole week remodeling the 
trailer to have two more classrooms. 

By the time the first year had gone 
by, the congregation held its first 
foreign missions conference. Soon 
afterwards, the second evangelistic 
campaign was held. Rev. Larry Gegner, 
Ankenytown, Ohio, was the speaker 
and 21 were baptized at the end of the 
meeting. During these meetings the at- 
tendance rose over the 100 mark. 

In a new congregation everything 
that is done is a first. In February 
1971, the first threefold communion 
service was shared. This was a very 
special blessing because the truth of 
God's Word was experienced by the 76 
people who were present. 

As this work was reorganized just 



we have met so many beautiful 
people here at the Chapel r ana I 
praise the Lord every day for 
bringing us here. 



eighteen months ago a committee was 
formed to give leadership and direc- 
tion. Rev. Lester E. Pifer, executive 
secretary of Brethren Home Missions, 
and Rev. Ward Tressler, pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Fremont, 
Ohio, along with selected laymen and 
Pastor Thomas served as this commit- 
tee. The preaching service was sched- 
uled for 9:45 a.m. and Sunday school 



at 10:45 a.m. so that people from the 
"mother church" could help in the 
services at the Chapel. Mr. and Mrs. 
Harold Beckley taught Sunday-school 
classes at both Grace Brethren and the 
Brethren Chapel. 

Constant shifting and adjusting to 
accommodate those attending our 
services brought us to a place of 
special prayer burden. We need larger 
facilities. We would ask our friends to 
join us in prayer for the will of God to 
be made known to the congregation 
and The Brethren Home Missions 
Council for future plans. 

God has given much fruit to His 
laborers in this harvest field. God's 
love for the spiritually lost is being 
portrayed in lives of the co-laborers in 
the Brethren Chapel work. God at 
work in changing lives has been a 
miracle to witness. We thank God for 
allowing us to have a part in His pro- 
gram. 





Pictured above are some of the workers that help the Fremont Chapel grow. Top row (I to r): Pastor Thomas with Mr. and Mrs. Marvin 
Hines and family; Mrs. Smith and a few members of her Sunday-school class. Middle row: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beard, one of the first 
families in the chapel; a visitor from Baltimore, Maryland, who received Christ in the service preceding this picture taking; George Barfield, 
head usher. Bottom row: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Waggoner; the children's church group. 



April 17, 1971 



The people of Fremont Chapel tell what's happening . . . 

In Their Own Words 



at was a hot Saturday afternoon 
when Pastor Thomas rang my doorbell 
and invited me over to the Chapel. I 
told him I was going to another 
church, but he gave me some tracts 
and literature and left. 

I realized there was something miss- 
ing in my life and was praying God 
would lead me to a church where I 
would be fed spiritually. Three Sun- 
days attending the Chapel convinced 
me this is it— my church home. I have 
since been baptized and enjoyed a 
threefold communion. 

Surely there is no generation gap 
here for we are just one big happy 
family. We have faithful members, 
both young and old. My prayer is that 
God will help us get more Sunday- 
school room. I've seen the work grow 
from 30 to over 100. I have the faith 
to believe that He will answer this 
prayer for us. Praise God for a faithful 
pastor and family. -Elma Rigby 



We 



e moved to Fremont, Ohio, as 
members of another church where we 
forced our three sons to attend serv- 
ices until they were confirmed. We felt 
at this point we had done our "re- 
ligious duty" and they never went to 
church again. 

We had no thought of finding a new 
church in Fremont, but our seventeen 
-year-old son changed our minds. Our 
son began going to the Fremont 
Chapel in response to an invitation by 
a friend. This stunned me. This son 
had never been in any trouble with the 
law or the school, but I worried about 
it constantly. I knew he was not happy 
for he was irritable and almost impos- 
sible to talk to. I have since learned 
that everything I worried about was 
true and perhaps more. His association 
with the Christian young people at the 
Chapel led him to believe Christ was 
the answer for him. He has since led 
his two brothers and parents to Christ. 

Every day more and more of the 
teenagers are accepting Christ. Many 
of them are on drugs. Our son tells me 
there is only one way to help these 
young people and that is to have an- 



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other young person tell them and 
show them by his life that Christ is the 
answer. 

I feel the Lord brought us to Fre- 
mont. We have met so many beautiful 
Christians here at the Chapel and I 
praise the Lord every day for bringing 
us here.— Mrs. Val Curtis 



\ have been a Christian for four- 
teen years but just during the past year 
I have seen the fruit of His Spirit. For 
this time I have attended the Fremont 
Brethren Chapel and through its minis- 
try I have been drawn closer to the 
Lord than I have ever been before and 
I have been used of the Lord more 
than ever before. 

There is the presence of the Holy 
Spirit in the Christians here and from 
the first time I walked into the Chapel 
I sensed a spirit of true Christian love. 
I am sure it is this spirit that is the 
dynamic responsible for the growth 
here. 

I am indeed grateful to the Lord for 
our pastor and his submission to 
Christ. I am also thankful that after 
these fourteen years I am now able to 
use my talents for the Lord. Praise 
God for His wonder-working power. 
—Cathy Lenliart 



/~\ serious illness and need for sur- 
gery placed my husband in the hospi- 
tal. The surgeon called me on Febru- 
ary 16 and said he was concerned that 
Dick might go into shock because he 
seemed so afraid of the operation. He 
added, "We will have extra doctors 
and equipment ready." 

Many Christians were praying for 
Dick as he was unsaved. Pastor Marion 
Thomas went to the hospital and pre- 
sented Christ to Dick again. Here he 
realized he could not help himself and 
needed greater help. There in the 
hospital room with our daughter and 
me present, Dick received Christ as 
Saviour. The next morning after sur- 
gery, the surgeon remarked, "I don't 
know what happened to Dick as he did 



not seem to have any fear when he 
went into the operating room." How I 
thank God I could witness to this sur- 
geon about Dick's decision for Christ. 
After returning home, Dick made his 
decision public at the Chapel. 

We are grateful to Ron and La Dona 
Picard who showed us the need for 
systematic calling and soul-winning. It 
was a privilege to go calling with them 
and learn how to present Christ and to 
see souls come to Christ. 

We have so many things here at the 
Chapel to thank the Lord for but most 
of all we thank Him for a family that 
is complete in Christ.— Jean, Dick and 
Bruce Smith 



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hat a thrilling experience to 
see the hand of God working on every 
hand here in the Chapel! We see all 
ages coming to know Christ as their 
personal Saviour and complete families 
turning unto Him. God has provided 
for so many of our needs here. 

One of the major needs was 
Sunday-school space and to care for 
this a trailer was provided through Mr. 
and Mrs. Harold Tucker. Now the 
trailer is filled to capacity and again 
we need more room. Now we are trust- 
ing God to again supply by enlarging 
our building. It has been a blessing and 
a strengthening in my life to be a part 
of the Chapel ministry. God has 
worked in a wonderful way. "Thank 
you, Home Missions Board, for re- 
opening the Fremont Brethren 
Chapel. "-Mrs. Nancy Brown 



have watched the Brethren 
Chapel work grow from zero to over 
one hundred, and we are still growing. 
The friendliness of the people is 
enough to make anyone want to wor- 
ship here. Every Sunday we have new 
people that have been reached by our 
people. The youth here are a challenge 
and really cause us to go out witness- 
ing for our Lord. The Lord has been 
good to us in many ways and we pray 
He will help our Chapel to continue 
growing.— Laura Cole 

Brethren Missionary Herald 



It is interesting to observe the response of our 

Jewish friends to the various truths of the Gospel 

which are presented to them. 

It is our prayer that some day the 

vail over their eyes will be taken away. 



^^atapulted to the mountaintop or 
dropped to the valley of despair can be 
our experience depending on the re- 
sponse of precious Jewish friends to 
the teaching of the Word of God. 
These experiences become open doors 
to the mind and thinking of the indi- 
vidual and opportunity to give further 
scriptural light concerning God's 
eternal truth. 

Discussing the Gospel of John verse 
by verse in our Thursday evening Bible 
class has been a new experience for 
Phil Cariaga. Those in attendance have 
enjoyed the opportunity to give as 
well as take in this informal manner of 
study. Through this we learn whether 
or not we are getting the gospel truths 
across to them and if they are being 
accepted. 



"THEN all Jews not believing in 
Christ are lost. I don't believe it. 
That's New Testament teaching." This 
was J— 's response to the Gospel one 
evening. 

True, all Jews without Christ are 
lost, but so are all Gentiles. J— and the 
rest of the class were shown from the 



By Isobel Fraser 

Western Messianic Testimony 



Old Testament that all are sinners, 
separated from God, and that God 
wants to give a new heart (Isa. 53; 
59:l-2andEzek. 36:26-27). 

Upon another occasion J— gave a 
quotation in Hebrew. Her translation 
was: "The stone which the builders re- 
fused is become the head stone of the 
corner." Then to our amazement she 
referred it to Jesus in the New Testa- 
ment. What she had quoted was Psalm 
118:22. This was made known and 
that it did refer to Jesus, being ful- 
filled in His rejection by the leaders of 
the Jewish nation. 



"WHERE does it mention about 
the lion and the lamb and weapons of 
war made into pruning hooks? How do 
you know from the Old Testament 
there is a second coming?" These were 
the questions S- brought up in the 
discussion. "If someone would bring 
peace, more people, especially Jews, 
would believe. I know I would." 

The answers to her questions were 
given from Isaiah 2 and 1 1 and Zecha- 
riah 12. The class was warned, too, 
that peace alone is not proof enough 



for identification of the Messiah. True, 
He is Sar Sholam (Prince of Peace) but 
God has given many other identifi- 
cations in the Old Testament that need 
to be considered. Also, the Word fore- 
told of the false messiah and that 
peace was to be one of his weapons of 
deception. 



"JESUS came not to call the right- 
eous but sinners to repentance," Phil 
remarked. 

"If He had come for the good, He 
might have done better," H— inter- 
jected. "How do you know what sin 
is?" 

Again and again the fact that "there 
is none that doeth good" (Ps. 14:1) 
and the scriptural teaching on sin is set 
forth. Judaism does not accept the 
doctrine of original sin and stresses 
mitzvahs (good deeds) as the means of 
acceptance before God. This is a real 
stumbling block to Jewish people— to 
accept Christ and see the Biblical rela- 
tionship between faith and works. 

Visiting in H-'s home sometime 
after that, she related a discussion she 
(Continued on page 12) 



RESPONSE 



April 17, 1971 




Mr. Richard Dickinson 



Top: Charles Turner; Kenneth Ashman. Bottom: Robert Thompson with Lester E. Pifer. 



A REPORT ON THE 1971 HOME MISSION WORKSHOPS 



SHARPEN UP FO 



/A young man stood, turned to a 
group of young people and adults and 
said, "Preacher, you had better sharp- 
en up!" He continued by pointing out 
that today's effective minister must be 
in constant touch with new methods 
and ideas if he expects to communi- 
cate with our rapidly changing society. 

The Word of God is "quick, and 
powerful, and sharper than any two- 
edged sword, piercing even to the 
dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and 
of the joints and marrow, and is a dis- 
cerner of the thoughts and intents of 
the heart" (Heb. 4:12). 

God's Word, the number one tool 
of the home missionary is a most ef- 
fective weapon in dealing with the ills 



and frustrations that plague the wel- 
fare of our nation. No one can deny 
that God's Word has the answer for 
the problems of today. 

This year's home-mission work- 
shops were based on the idea that we 
have the answer for today's searching 
generation. But what about the home 
missionary? Is he equipped to cope as 
effectively as possible with the enemy 
of our souls? 

The workshops were geared to help 
"sharpen up" our missionaries. The 
man of God who wields the weapon of 
the Word, like the military strategist, 
must be quick, powerful, able to cope 
with the foe. No pastor can be success- 
ful and rest upon the laurels of previous 
education and training. He must keep 



abreast of the current issues and major 
problems that confront us. To fail in 
this area will ultimately mean being 
left upon the shelf of ineffectiveness. 

Before the workshops began, our 
staff carefully evaluated the problems 
missionaries face in building today's 
church. Then staff members prayer- 
fully planned the programs. We experi- 
enced God's unique direction in the 
planning, particularly in the choice of 
speakers. We saw God wonderfully 
bless and bring revival in both the 
eastern and western workshops. 

Mr. Richard Dickinson, professor of 
Psychology and marriage counselor, 
dealt in an intelligent and godly man- 
ner with the sensitive issues involving 
human relationships. 



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Top: Larry Poland. Bottom: Ralph Hall; Ed Jackson. 



Miss Alberta Hanson 



Hf SEVENTIES 



By Lester E. Pifer 



Dr. Kenneth Ashman conducted a 
two-hour forum on the current prob- 
lems of narcotics, homosexuality, 
abortion and the unwed mother. 

Dr. L. L. Grubb's timely lectures in 
the western workshop stressed the im- 
portance and development of the 
church. 

Dr. Herman Hoyt and Dr. John 
Davis, from Grace Seminary, used the 
sessions to introduce material in the 
area of ministerial and archaeological 
interest. 

Miss Alberta Hanson conducted the 
ladies' sessions in the west on Christian 
education. 

The topic of the pastor's wife and 
her relationship to her husband, the 
church, and the congregation was ex- 



plored by Mrs. Kenneth Ashman. 

The Bible hour speakers were Dr. 
Kenneth Ashman and Dr. Larry 
Poland. Both men were exceptionally 
used of God in the daily challenges 
from the Word. 

Rev. Knute Larson, Rev. Mason 
Cooper, Rev. Ward Miller, Mr. Ed. 
Jackson and Rev. Charles Turner also 
brought challenges at different times 
throughout the sessions. Robert 
Thompson, Sherwood Durkee, Ralph 
Hall and Frank Poland, home-mission 
staff representatives, also assisted. 

Throughout the sessions, groups 
stopped periodically for prayer, sing- 
ing and the study of the Word. The 
fellowship at the meals was inter- 
spersed with testimonies of God's 



work. Missionaries and established 
pastors sat together in groups, sharing 
one another's burdens, praying for one 
another. 

The Holy Spirit inspired ministry of 
Dr. Larry Poland shook each work- 
shop participant to the depths of his 
soul. God moved and people respond- 
ed by confessing sin. Problems of in- 
difference, coldness, and lack of faith 
were honestly faced. 

The sweet fellowship and kindness 
of the host churches, LaLoma Grace 
Brethren Church (Modesto, California) 
and the Grace Brethren Church (Ash- 
land, Ohio) will long be remembered. 

As workshop participants, we were 
there to be "sharpened up." God did 
His work. Praise Him! # 



April 17, 1971 



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RESPONSE 

(Continued from page 9) 

had had with another Jewess who had 
not been attending our classes too 
long. The latter had wanted to know 
the difference between Judaism and 
Christianity. "We believe in the invisi- 
ble God and they believe in the visible 
God," had been her explanation. 

Good, as far as it went. It was 
pointed out to her that Christianity 
believed in the invisible God becoming 
visible. This was the truth that Phil 
had been bringing out in the discus- 
sions in John, especially John 1:1-14. 
This also was the teaching of Isaiah 
7:14; 9:6-7. Also, God had at various 
times in the Old Testament made 
visible appearances. As we study the 
Old Testament in our ladies' daytime- 
discussion meeting, such incidents are 
especially stressed. Several of these ap- 
pearances were called to her attention. 

"THERE is something I have to tell 
you. It's like what's his name in the 
lion's den. Yes, Daniel. A modern 
Daniel!" M- told me over the phone. 

The modern Daniel's story is this. 
Hearing the neighbor's dog barking, 
she looked out the window to see a 
hand reaching over the fence. Thinking 
someone was breaking in, she went to 
investigate. The man had on the uni- 
form of one of the utility companies, 
so she knew that she had been mis- 
taken. Now her concern was that he 
might be bitten by the dog. She ad- 
vised him not to go in. The meter had 
not been read for many months and 
the man said it was a necessity for him 
to enter. M— thought that she might 
help by distracting the dog. Going to 
do this, she was amazed to see the dog 
standing at a distance just wagging his 
tail as the man read the meter. 

Returning to talk to the man, he 
told her that he was a Christian and 
that he had prayed for the Lord's pro- 
tection as he entered the yard. Facing 
dogs was not uncommon in his work, 
but God had always protected him. He 
also witnessed to this dear Jewess. She 
confided that she had come a long way 
in her attitude toward Christ but was 
not yet ready to say He was Messiah 
and God. 

This experience so thrilled her that 
she made a special effort to attend our 
daytime-discussion meeting so that she 



could share this experience with the 
other ladies. 



IN our joy and frustration we are 
continually reminded of II Corinthians 
3:14-16: 

"But their minds were blind- 
ed: for until this day remaineth 
the same vail untaken away in 



the reading of the old testament; 
which vail is done away in 
Christ. But even unto this day, 
when Moses is read, the vail is 
upon their heart. Nevertheless 
when it shall turn to the Lord, 
the vail shall be taken away." 
Our prayer is— "Father, help them 
to turn to the Lord Jesus in faith, be- 
lieving that He is Messiah and God so 
that the vail shall be taken away." # 




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LEESBURG, IND. Rev. Charles A. 
Flowers has resigned as pastor of the 
Leesburg Brethren Church effective 
May 16. His future plans are indefi- 
nite. 

KENAI, ALASKA. Attendance was 
boosted over the 30 mark for the first 
time when the presence of 15 visitors 
pushed the record to 34 for morning 
worship. The Sunday-school high also 
climbed one notch to 28 with 9 visi- 
tors present. Of the visitors, 5 were 
there for the first time. Herman H. 
Hein, pastor. 

BELLFLOWER, CALIF. The For- 
rest Home Conference Grounds was 
the scene of two retreats in recent 
months. About 50 Bellflower Brethren 
attended a "Walking With God" confer- 
ence Feb. 26-28. Wes Harty of the con- 
ference grounds brought the challenges 
from Ephesians on Saturday. Pastor 
Cashman led the Sunday service with 
thoughts from James 1:5. For the 
weekend of Mar. 5-7, a group of 26 
young people attended a retreat with 
Wes Harty as speaker. Pastor Edwin 
Cashman baptized 25 people during 
the first two months of 1 97 1 . 

KOKOMO, IND. A noon luncheon 
in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John Hetrick 
was held at the Indian Heights church 
Jan. 31. For over ten years Mr. Hetrick 
served the church as Sunday-school 
superintendent and deacon. Mrs. 
Hetrick was a deaconess for the same 
period. Following the luncheon, gifts 
of appreciation were presented to the 
Hetricks and their daughters Vanie and 
Rhonda. During a testimony service, 
many church members expressed grati- 
tude for spiritual encouragement 
brought by the Hetricks. Mr. Hetrick, 
employed by the Pittsburgh Plate 
Glass and Steel, has been transferred 
to the home office in Pittsburgh. The 
family has now located in Coraopolis, 
Pa., where they are attending the Bon 
Meade Grace Brethren Church. Rich- 
ard Sellers, pastor. 



STOYSTOWN, PA. Representing 
five area churches, 74 youth and their 
sponsors attended the annual youth 
banquet at the Reading Brethren 
Church Feb. 27. A spaghetti dinner 
with all the trimmings was the main 
course. Presenting the challenge was 
Timothy Ritchey, an Everett High 
School senior who worked for a sum- 
mer with Child Evangelism Fellowship 
and led many children to the Lord. 
Other participating churches were Jen- 
ners, Somerset, Meyersdale and Listie. 
Arthur F. Collins, pastor. 

CHANGES. Please note the follow- 
ing address changes in your Annual. 
Rev. and Mrs. Jesse B. Deloe, 10581 
Hester Ave., Whittier, Calif. 90604. 
Rev. Albert Flory, 1500 S. Second St., 
Apt. A, Alhambra, Calif. 91801. Rev. 
and Mrs. Robert Spicer, 715 Mildred 
Ave., Somerdale, N.J. 08083, phone 
609-627-0246. This will be the mailing 
address of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Cherry Hill, N.J. , as well. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. A new attend- 
ance record of 90 was set at the mid- 
week prayer service Mar. 10. Pastor 
Kenneth L. Teague had challenged the 
congregation to reach this number the 
week he would be attending the board 
meetings of The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council. They met the challenge. 

CHERRY HILL, N.J. Rev. and Mrs. 
Robert Spicer are happy to announce 
the birth of their first child, Robert 
Warren, on Jan. 30. 



NEW DATE FOR 
SUNDAY SCHOOL YEAR 

In recent years, many churches 
have felt that September might be a 
better time to begin the Sunday-school 
year. Because of this, many Sunday 
schools have changed to earlier starting 
dates for the fall quarter. 

After serious consideration, leaders 
from the National Sunday School As- 
sociation, various denominations, and 
Christian organizations recommended 
that Christian publishers consider an 
earlier starting date for the Sunday- 
school year. The first Sunday of Sep- 
tember seemed to have the widest ac- 
ceptance for a new starting date, there- 
fore, the new quarter system recom- 
mended is: 

Fall— September, October, Novem- 
ber 

Winter— December, January, Febru- 
ary 

Spring— March, April, May 

Summer— June, July, August 

Scripture Press publications will 
have special material for the July and 
August months. Gospel Light materials 
will be available for the regular July, 
August, September quarter, and also 
for the new plan which begins with 
September, October and November. 
Brethren adult materials will be pub- 
lished for the full three-month period 
of July, August and September, and 
then quarterlies will also be available 
for September, October and Novem- 
ber. 

Many churches will plan to start 
their Sunday-school year at the time 
their public school begins. Others may 
prefer to continue with the October 1 
date. 

Remember . . . whichever plan your 
Sunday school chooses to follow, the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co. stands 
ready to serve you promptly and ef- 
ficiently. We want to be of service to 
you and your church. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 
Findlay, Ohio 
Grafton, W. Va. 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) 
Covington, Va. 
Sidney, Ind. 



Date 
Apr. 25-30 
Apr. 25-May 5 

Apr. 25-May 2 
May 2-14 
May 9-14 



Pastor 
Glenn Coats 
Paul Mohler 

Robert Kern 
W. Carl Miller 
A. Rollin Sandy 



Speaker 
Raymond Gingrich 
Wesley Haller 

Dean Fetterhoff 
Allen Herr 
Nathan Meyer 



April 17, 1971 



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LANCASTER, PA. "The Greatest 
of These Is Love" was the theme for 
the annual Sweetheart Banquet held 
by the laymen of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Lancaster. Includ- 
ing guests from the new Brethren 
church in Lititz, Pa., there were 144 in 
attendance. Mr. Charles Sharpe was 
master of ceremonies and Mr. Robert 
Miller brought the message. Arthur N. 
Malles, pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Where in 
the generation gap would you find 
teens these days singing songs like 
K-K-K-Katy and Let Me Call You 
Sweetheart 1 . It actually happened at 
the Winona Lake Brethren Church. 
The senior high young people did their 
part in bridging the gap by honoring 
members and friends of the church 
over age 50 with a Golden Ages Ban- 
quet centered around the theme 
"Once Upon A Time." About 60 
guests attended the event, with 15 
teens participating in the program. A 
huge replica of a storybook served as 
the background and entrance to the 
stage. A decorative giant beanstalk was 
added to the decor and the seven 
dwarfs were silhouetted on the win- 
dows of the fellowship hall. Leaders in 
planning the event were Kris Durkee, 
decorations; Don Fluke, food; Karl 
Ashman, program. Participating in the 
program were Judy Chappell, Abby 
Uphouse and Becky Kent. A devotion- 
al by Dan Moeller concluded the pro- 
gram. Charles Ashman pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Demonstrating 
the method linguists use in tran- 
scribing an unwritten language, Mr. 
Tom Lyman of Wycliffe Translators 
gave interesting insight into this form 
of literary work to the members of the 
First Brethren Church, Mar. 7. It was a 
very practical and inspiring session. 
Jesse B. Deloe, pastor. 

MANSFIELD CHRISTIAN 
SCHOOL. The Flames of MCHS were 
quenched 45-39 by Lansing Christian 
in the Midwest-Ohio Christian Confer- 
ence basketball tournament held at 
Grace College Mar. 19-20. Eight 
schools from three states participated 
in the tournament. Mansfield moved 
into the finals by defeating Heritage 
Christian 48-36, and Dayton Christian 
47-39. 

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INFORMATION NEEDED. Any- 
one living in the Detroit-Ann Arbor, 
Mich., area who would be interested in 
starting a Brethren church there, 
please contact Mr. Clarence Taylor, 
Box 56, New Troy, Mich. 49119, 
phone 616-426-4903. 

NORWALK, CALIF. Mrs. Lynette 
Wessel has been named as the new 
choir director at the Norwalk Brethren 
Church. Her background and experi- 
ence give her excellent qualifications 
for the position. She currently sings 
with the David Lloyd Singers, a well- 
known group in Southern California. 
She is also assistant music director at 
the Norwalk Christian Day School, 
teaching all orchestral instruments. 
The girls of the church enjoyed a 
"Date with Dad" Mar. 5 at the father- 
daughter banquet. The Parent-Teacher 
Fellowship donated their time to make 
the banquet a success with 240 in at- 
tendance. Stan Jensen, pastor. 



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Captain Lyle Marvin, Jr., being presented his new badge by Division Chief Ben Renfro 



LONG BEACH, CALIF. Lyle W. Marvin, Jr., a member of the Community 
Grace Brethren Church and also the vice president of the National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Men, has been promoted to the rank of Fire Captain with the 
Los Angeles City Fire Dept. Lyle has been with the department since 1959, and 
has held the rank of engineer. He attained the promotion to Fire Captain in a 
promotional examination in competition with 600 other Los Angeles City fire- 
men. (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles City Fire Dept.) 

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RADFORD, VA. Which would you 
do? Listen to a trombone solo by your 
pastor, or give up in your Sunday- 
school attendance drive? This is the 
choice the people of the Fairlawn 
Brethren Church had. For 13 consecu- 
tive Sundays there was an increase in 
attendance over the previous year. 
Pastor Roy Glass promised that if we 
made it 14 in a row, he would play a 
trombone solo. He also admitted this 
would endanger any future gains in at- 
tendance. That's quite a decision. 
(Editor's note: We have not received 
any word on the outcome yet, but we 
will let you know.) 

FINDLAY, OHIO. Dr. Charles R. 
Smith brought five messages on the 
subject, Speaking in Tongues over the 
Mar. 13-14 weekend. Dr. Smith is as- 
sistant professor of Theology and New 
Testament Greek at Grace Theological 
Seminary. He recently wrote a 
500-page doctoral thesis on the subject 
of tongues. Glenn Coats, pastor. 



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BRETHREN HIGH SCHOOL. 

Thousands of screaming fans watched 
the Brethren High School Warriors get 
nipped 54-52 in the CIF class A state 
basketball championship game held at 
the Los Angeles Sports Area. The 
double-overtime defeat came at the 
hands of Chaminade, a Roman Catho- 
lic boys' school from the San Fernan- 
do Valley. It was a big disappointment 
for the Warriors who had compiled 
an excellent 30-1 record. Their only 
loss during the season was also double 
overtime. 

The Brethren High choir recently 
received a commendation from the 
mayor of Los Angeles for a fine per- 
formance in singing with the Police 
Band of Los Angeles. The choir pre- 
sented an evening of song and testi- 
monies at the Los Altos Brethren 
Church (Long Beach) Mar. 21. Miss 
Carleda Hutton is the director. 

RINER, VA. A fall on the ice in 
February put Rev. Kenneth E. Rich- 
ardson in the hospital for a week with 
a broken leg. A cast up to his hip made 
it difficult to get around for a while. 

RITTMAN, OHIO. A reception 
meal to welcome Pastor Robert Rus- 
sell and family was held Feb. 7. In ad- 
dition to a fine meal, the congregation 
presented the Russells with a generous 
food shower of all sorts of canned 
goods, including a can of sauerkraut 
juice. Pastor Russell began his ministry 
at Rittman in February. 

STOYSTOWN, PA. Guest speaker 
for the morning worship service Mar. 
14 at the Reading Brethren Church 
was Mr. Carl Bilger, executive director 
of the Highland Lake Bible Confer- 
ence, Highland Lake, N.Y. Arthur F. 
Collins, pastor. 

KOKOMO, IND. Donald Croddy 
knows a little bit about how God pro- 
tects His people. After the Sunday 
evening service at the Indian Heights 
Grace Brethren Church, Mr. Croddy 
got in his car to go home. Beside him 
on the seat was a small canvas bag that 
did not belong to him. It was an ordi- 
nary gym bag, but it did not contain 
gym clothes. Inside was an explosive 
device. Police reported that it was set 
to go off the moment Mr. Croddy 
opened his car door. In the providence 
of God, it did not go off. Richard 
Sellers, pastor. 



In Mmory 

Death notices appearing in this column must 
be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

BELL, Evelyn 57, a faithful mem- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Canton, Ohio, for over 40 years, was 
promoted into the Lord's presence 
Feb. 26. James M. Kennedy, pastor. 




Mr. Ted Henning 

HENNING, Ted R., 66, went to be 
with the Lord Mar. 17 in Paris, France. 
He and his wife, Naomi, had served 
eight months of a one-year term of 
service at the Bible Center in the Cen- 
tral African Republic. Mr. Henning 
was born Nov. 9, 1904 at Northamp- 
ton, Pa. He attended Ashland College, 
Akron U., Kent State U., and Akron 
Bible Institute, and received a B.S. in 
Education from Akron U., in 1939. 
The Hennings were married Mar. 28, 
1931. He taught in the area of voca- 
tional education and industrial arts at 
McKinley High School, Canton, Ohio, 
for 37 years. At one time he was an 
officer in the national men's organiza- 
tion of the NFBC. Mr. Henning held 
a membership in the Gideons. He was 
a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Middlebranch, Ohio. The 
funeral was held Mar. 23 in Middle- 
branch, Ohio. Rev. Wesley Haller, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa., and former pastor at 
Middlebranch, officiated at the funeral 
service. Dr. W. A. Ogden, president of 
the board of trustees of the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church, paid tribute to Mr. Henning. 
Rev. Raymond Johnson, recent pastor 
at Middlebranch, sang a solo. 

HOOVER, Floyd, 73, passed away 
Feb. 10. He was faithful in all areas to 
the First Brethren Church of Rittman, 
Ohio, for many years. Rev. Charles W. 
Turner officiated at the memorial serv- 
ice, assisted by Rev. Robert Russell, 
pastor. 



HOSTETLER, Atlee W., 76, was 
called home to be with the Lord Jan. 
30. He was an active member of the 
First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio. 
Robert Russell, pastor. 

McCLAIN, William N, a willing and 
helpful member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Washington, Pa., passed away 
Mar. 8. Shimer E. Darr, pastor. 

SHAMBERGER, Mattie, 84, passed 
into the Lord's presence Feb. 28. She 
was a faithful member of the First 
Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. Jesse 
B. Deloe, pastor. 

STOVER, Conrad, 84, a member of 
the First Brethren Church, Sunnyside, 
Wash., passed away Feb. 14. He was a 
brother of Mrs. Retta Virginia Bau- 
man, deceased wife of the late Dr. 
Louis S. Bauman. He was a charter 
member of the Harrah Brethren 
Church, Harrah, Wash. John W. Mayes, 
pastor. 

ZEIGLER, Alverta M., a member of 
the Grace Brethren Church, York, Pa., 
for the past 10 years, passed away Jan. 
28. Kenneth E. Wilt, pastor. 

tM&j de/h 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to those 
whose addresses are supplied by the of- 
ficiating minister. 

Sharon Duncan and Robert Roper, 
Nov. 14, 1970, First Brethren Church, 
Winchester, Va. 

Donna Brumbaugh and Robert M. 
Moore, Jr., Feb. 13, Leamersville 
Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, 
Pa. 

Vicki Lee Stitt and Gene G. 
Marmie, Feb. 19, Grace Brethren 
Church, Waterloo, Iowa. 

Mary Ruth Marksbury and Clement 
Calvillo, Feb. 25, Downey Memorial 
Baptist Church, Edwin E. Cashman, 
officiating. 

Carol Modlin and Dennis Gregor, 
Feb. 27, First Brethren Church, Dallas 
Center, Iowa. 

Nancy Mutchler and Michael Truex, 
Feb. 27, 1971, Grace Brethren 
Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Darlene Claycomb and Larry Clos- 
son, Mar. 6, Leamersville Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Duncansville, Pa. 

Vaun Rinard and Richard Billman, 
Mar. 6, Grace Brethren Church, Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

Ellen Campbell and John Man- 
chester, Mar. 26, Community Brethren 
Church, Whittier, Calif. 



April 17, 1971 



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BMH reviews the latest 
in Christian publications. 



Any of the books reviewed on this 
page may be ordered from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Com- 
pany, Box 544, Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana 46590. 



Daniel, the Key to 
Prophetic Revelation 

John F. Walvoord (Chicago: Moody 
Press) cloth, 317 pages, $6.95. 

Dr. John F. Walvoord, president of 
Dallas Theological Seminary, has in 
our opinion made a very significant 
contribution with his new commen- 
tary on the Book of Daniel. This book 
is aimed at the serious Bible student 
rather than to the average lay person 
and should be recognized as a refer- 
ence volume and not a devotional 
book. 

The commentary is written from 
the premillenial conservative viewpoint 
and this premise is maintained through- 
out the book. The author does discuss 
and points out other approaches, and 
he suggests where they fall short of a 
proper interpretation. 

The style of the writing helps to 
make the valued contents of the work 
very readable. We feel that this book is 
a must on each pastor's shelf and will 
aid him greatly in a proper interpreta- 
tion of Daniel and will serve as a 
"key to prophetic revelation."— CUT 

The Church 
at the End of 
the 20th Century 

Francis A. Schaeffer (Inter-Varsity 
Press: Downers Grove, III.), 153 pages, 
cloth, $3.95. 

The name Schaeffer and L'Abri 
have become familiar to most Chris- 
tians during the past several years. The 
latest contribution of Francis Schaef- 
fer is entitled, The Church at the End 
of the 20th Century. It is a book that 
will disturb, but one that should not 
be ignored. You may at times find 
yourself mentally arguing with the 
conclusions, but I would strongly sug- 
gest that you expose your thinking to 
this thoughtful author. 



Based on the premise that the 
Western culture is dying, Schaeffer 
seeks the roots of the problems of the 
day. He traces the changes of science 
and philosophy that have brought on 
the student revolution and the think- 
ing of the "Now Generation." He then 
looks at the present-day population 
made up of the "silent majority" and 
concludes that much of the society of 
our time is living on memories of what 
has been, rather than what really is. He 
calls for a revolutionary Christianity 
within the framework of eight Biblical 
norms which he finds in the Scripture 
—he calls them form. Beyond this 
Biblical form, he calls for freedom of 
the Holy Spirit to work as the church 
is directed. 

The church faces seven pressures of 
the future which are a threat, accord- 
ing to Schaeffer. These pressures will 
come from both the New Left and the 
Establishment. This book is for the 
thoughtful and if you do not want a 
challenge, leave it alone. Its intent is 
not for morning devotions but a pause 
to ask ourselves the future of our 
church at the end of the 20th 
century.— CWT 

Dynamic Devotionals 
for Men 

William J. Krutza (Baker Book 
House: Grand Rapids) 96 pages, 
$2.95. 

Another gift book in the Ultra 
Series by Baker, this comes attractive- 
ly packaged as do the others in the 
series. There are twenty-six devotion- 
als in the book, each aimed and writ- 
ten for men. The book is aimed to give 
thought-provoking help to the Chris- 
tian man as he lives his life in his work- 
ing world. The Scripture quotes that 
begin each chapter are in versions 
other than King James, this may prove 
a problem to some. If you have been 
looking for a gift item with a message 
to give to a Christian man, here is your 
answer. Its appearance is good for the 
eye and the contents good for the 
soul.-CWT 



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NOTES FROM THE ANNUAL BOARD MEETING OF GRACE SCHOOLS 



Report from the Board 



The annual board meeting of an 
educational institution is perhaps the 
most significant administrative event 
that occurs during the year, so far as 
charting the course and direction of 
the school. Therein the policies, the 
procedures, the personnel, and the 
progress of the school are mapped— 
sometimes for years to come. Such 
was true in the recent annual board 
meeting of Grace Schools. All recom- 
mendations of the advisory committee 
were approved. This in itself is an in- 
dication that the board is satisfied that 
the administration is carrying out its 
policies and plans in relation to the 
general direction of the school. 

The most significant action taken 
during the entire board meeting was 
the reaffirmation of the moral and 
spiritual ideals and standards of the 
school, as set forth in the Statement of 
Faith, the catalogs of both the college 
and the seminary, the faculty hand- 
book of both schools, the handbook 
of the students, the student pledge, 
and the faculty contracts. This means 
that in matters which are basic and 
foundational, the school has not 
changed in the thirty-four years of its 
existence. It is the hope and prayer of 
everyone vitally associated with this 
school that this is a token of what will 
be true in the years to come. 

Change is producing a devastating 
effect upon many schools that were 
once true to the Christian faith. Fail- 
ure to reaffirm the fundamental princi- 
ples of the school causes erosion to 
take place by default. Changes in per- 
sonnel often cause infiltration of ideas 
that are foreign to the original pur- 
pose, and without realizing it the 
school loses its original profile. It is 
reassuring, therefore, to know, even 
though there has been a great turnover 
of personnel in the board of trustees 
since the school began, that the same 
spirit and dedication to the Word of 
God, and the moral and spiritual ideals 
of the Scriptures continue. This should 
give real assurance to all those who are 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President, Grace Schools 



vitally interested in this school. This 
means that definite efforts will be 
taken to preserve and perpetuate these 
ideals and standards in the ministry 
and development of the school, which 
will continue to make the school rele- 
vant to the needs of this generation. 

The trustees therefore approved the 
admissions policy, and instructed that 
it should be maintained along with the 
pledge as one of the several factors in 
attracting and selecting the right type 
of student for both college and semi- 
nary. The dress code was reaffirmed as 
being in harmony with the ideals of 
the school, and as befitting those who 
make a profession of godliness. At- 
tendance at the commercial motion 
picture theater was disapproved and 
described as wholly out of harmony 
for those who profess Christ. The il- 
legal possession and use of drugs was 
prohibited, and the administration was 
ordered to use stern methods in deal- 
ing with any such problems. In recog- 
nition of the serious issues of the day, 
the administration was authorized to 
suspend immediately any faculty 
member or student who might become 
involved in any disorder, either in the 
buildings or on campus. No such in- 
cident is expected to occur on this 
campus. 

A special directive was given to the 
administration on the matter of re- 
gional accreditation for the college. 
The original action of the board on 
this matter was taken more than ten 
years ago, and during the recent board 
meeting it was reaffirmed in order to 
bring it up to date. This directive de- 
clared that Grace College exists to 
honor God and educate Christian 
young people, and therefore it is im- 
portant that every safeguard be used 
to protect the doctrinal position of the 
school from change or diminution, the 



spiritual objectives from being eroded 
or lost, and the moral standards from 
being trimmed or lowered. On one 
point which is at issue today in edu- 
cational institutions, the board insisted 
that the pursuit of accreditation 
should not result in the restructuring 
of the position of Grace College on 
creationism as it relates to origins. 

The present non-tenured faculty 
was retained, with the exception of 
Lowell Miller who is being given a 
leave of absence for further work 
toward the doctorate, and J. Paul 
Dowdy who will be returning to the 
Argentine mission field. New faculty 
and staff members were added, and 
their names will be announced when 
negotiations are finalized. The follow- 
ing faculty members were promoted in 
rank from instructor to assistant pro- 
fessor: Roland Fletcher in the field of 
Physical Education, Verna Felts in 
Music, Robert Ramey in Christian 
Education, and Charles Smith in 
Theology. Three professors were grant- 
ed tenure: Dr. John Davis in Old 
Testament and Hebrew, Dr. Charles 
Henry in Psychology, and John Stoll 
in Bible. 

A reorganization in the area of 
administration was launched a year 
ago. This consisted of a special group 
from the faculty of the seminary, 
chaired by the dean, and a similar 
group from the faculty of the college, 
chaired by its dean, to conduct busi- 
ness peculiar to their division of the 
school. This reorganization has proved 
satisfactory, so the board approved its 
continuance indefinitely. Development 
of a mobile-home park was approved, 
and special action was taken to speed 
development of a new athletic field. In 
the academic area, the board acted 
favorably upon a recommendation to 
launch, as soon as possible, a Business 
Administration program within the 
Bachelor of Arts structure. Realizing 
the pressing need for teachers with the 
highest academic degree, namely, the 
(Continued on page 23) 



April 17, 1971 



17 



Grace Is Worth 
Working For 



By Kathy Pfister 

Sophomore, Grace College 

"If I come to Grace College what 
are my chances of getting a job?" Rev. 
Thomas Hammers, who is Alumni 
Coordinator for Grace College, hears 
this question over and over as he 
travels for the Development Depart- 
ment. 

Mr. Hammers seemed to feel that it 
was tougher to secure a job than I did. 
My idea was that if a student really 
needed a job he could find one. So 
when Mr. Hammers inquired how 
many students worked and how they 
felt about their jobs, we were curious! 

I passed out 500 questionnaires in 
regards to the problem of work for a 
college student. Of the 400 that re- 
sponded, 209 stated that they held 
either full- or part-time jobs. 

One third of the student body is 
employed by the college. Most of 
these students are under the Work- 
Study Program, which provides op- 
portunities to students with limited 
financial resources. Government aid 
provides 80 percent of a student's 
salary. The jobs generally consist of 
secretarial duties, cafeteria service, and 
maintenance work. 

Various working opportunities are 
provided by the Warsaw community. 
Besides the different food establish- 
ment chains, there are available jobs 
with department stores, gas stations, 
factories, foundries, post offices, and 
in homes as baby-sitters. 

Approximately 27 percent of the 
students work in the Winona Lake- 
Warsaw area year around. An addition- 
al 38 percent will be seeking employ- 
ment in the area for this summer. Of 
these, some will be attending summer 
school. 

What are the main advantages the 
student finds in his job? Various re- 
sponses reflected in the poll indicated 
that "convenience" was a prime 
factor. Because of the proximity of 
the employment, it is not too difficult 



to arrange for transportation to work. 
There is also convenience in the fact 
that several students will hold jobs in 
nearby areas, thus allowing the ad- 
vantage of a car pool. Among other 
advantages listed were the excellent 
wages and working hours available. 

Some found they have even had an 
opportunity to study at work. One of 
the greater benefits mentioned was the 
flexible time schedules some enjoyed. 
One student said, "My boss lets me 
take a couple of days off during exam 
time to study." The students appre- 
ciate the individual employers' willing- 
ness in scheduling the student's work 
hours around his academic load. Most 
of the students work an average of 
eighteen hours per. week with an 
average academic load of seventeen 
hours. Some of the students not only 
carry a heavy work load, but are also 
married and have families to support. 

For every positive aspect that one 
person may find with his job, another 
may find the conditions just the re- 
verse. Among the primary disad- 
vantages listed were the poor wages 
and late hours, no flexibility in work 
scheduling, little time for studying, 
and insufficient work hours. Particular 
disadvantages of the blue-collar work- 
ers included noise, dirt and boredom. 

The survey showed that it is neces- 
sary for most students to work in 
order to attend Grace College. 

Why do students attend a college in 
which there is definitely more expense 
involved than at their own state uni- 
versity? I asked various students and 
they all gave me a similar response, 
"Not only do you get more individual 
attention in a small college, but a good 
Christian college is a rare thing." The 
students agreed that God's will, and 
not money should be the determining 
factor. ". . . My God shall supply all 
your [my] need." 

# 




18 



Brethren Missionary Herald 




April 17, 1971 



The "Joyful Sounds" and the "New 
Creation," two musical teams from 
Grace Schools, will be ministering 
throughout the nation this summer in 
churches, camps, conferences and 
youth rallies, from May 30 through 
August 1. 

The "Joyful Sounds" will travel 
throughout the East Coast, spending 
approximately ten weeks in concerts 
and church services, with a special em- 
phasis on personal evangelism. They 
are led by Roger Mayes, a senior at 
Grace Seminary. Mayes is from Sulli- 
van, Ohio, and has been Student Body 
Chaplain and Dorm Supervisor during 
his seminary days. His wife is the 
former Ruth Ann Rogers, daughter of 
Pastor and Mrs. Victor Rogers of the 
Heights Grace Brethren, Albuquerque, 
New Mexico. Mrs. Mayes is the team 
accompanist and music director. 

The other four team members are 
from four different states: Michigan, 
Ohio, Indiana, and California. 

Pam McRae, soprano, is from Cold- 
water, Michigan, and is a junior in ele- 
mentary education. 

Representing California is Cathy 
McClellan, a sophomore from' San 
Bernardino. Miss McClellan has partici- 
pated in the women's ensemble and is 
majoring in English. 

Bruce Sellers of Kokomo is the 
Hoosier on the team. Sellers is a junior 
majoring in math education. He has 
sung in two other musical groups at 




Grace and is the tenor for the Joyful 
Sounds. His father, Rev. Richard Sel- 
lers, is pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Kokomo, Indiana. 

Daryle Emch completes the team. 
Emch is a junior from Rittman, Ohio, 
majoring in creative studies. He has 
been a member of the Concert Choir 
for the past two years and sang with 
the Freshman Quartet last year. 

The "New Creation" will be con- 
centrating their efforts on the western 
half of the United States. 

Howard Reed, a junior from Day- 
ton, Ohio, will be the leader of the 
team. Reed plays guitar and sings bari- 
tone for the group. At Grace he is 
president of the Concert Choir and is 
majoring in Greek. 

All three of the men on this team 
traveled last summer and throughout 
this school year with the Crusaders. 
The other two are Steve Lauer and 
Scott Jensen. Steve plays the trumpet 
and sings bass. His home is Mansfield, 
Ohio. Scott, also a trumpeter, is the 
tenor. While pursuing the music edu- 
cation major he participates in the 
Concert Band and the Brass Choir, and 
plays with the Grace College basket- 



ball and baseball teams. His home is 
Iximbard, Illinois. Both of these men 
are juniors. 

The three young ladies on the team 
are Anne Shipley, alto; Sherry Sher- 
wood, soprano; and Susie Thompson, 
accompanist. 

Miss Shipley is from Dayton, Ohio. 
A junior music major, she plays flute, 
piano, organ, and sings in the Con- 
cert Choir and the Madrigal Singers. 

Susie Thompson, a daughter of 
Rev. and Mrs. Raymond Thompson of 
Winona Lake, is also a junior music 
major and serves as accompanist for 
the Concert Choir. 

Sherry Sherwood is a senior ele- 
mentary education major from Argos, 
Indiana. She also plays piano and 
organ and sings in the Concert Choir. 

The New Creation, like the Joyful 
Sounds, is dedicating its ministry to 
the reaching of the lost and challeng- 
ing Christians to be active in Christian 
witness. They hope to have a wide ex- 
posure to young people their own age, 
but feel they have a ministry to all 
ages. They will be grateful for your 
prayers in behalf of an effective sum- 
mer's work. W 




The "Joyful Sounds" (above, I to r): Daryle Emch, Cathy McClellan, Roger Mayes, Ruth 
Ann Mayes, Bruce Sellers, (seated) Pam Mac Rae. The "New Creation" (below, I to r): 
Howard Reed, Susie Thompson, Sherry Sherwood, Scott Jensen, Ann Shipley, Steve Lauer. 




Grace Students 
Reach Out To 
Area Mexicans 



By Mary Sanchez 

Freshman, Grace College 

"My first thoughts were to get 
them right with the Lord and then to 
help them with their physical needs." 
These were the words of Richard Bar- 
bour, a Grace College freshman, as he 
recalled how the Lord had burdened 
his heart towards the Mexican people 
in the Warsaw-Winona Lake area. 

Richard works as a taxi driver to 
help pay his way through college. It 
was on his daily routes that he had con- 
tact with the Mexican families in the 
vicinity. The language barrier made 
communication difficult, yet the more 
Richard came into contact with them, 
the more he realized their desperate 
need for salvation. But no one was 
making any effort to reach them. 

Realizing the urgency of their need 
for Christ and knowing he wasn't able 
to communicate with them, Richard 
brought his burden to Arthur Mikesell, 
a missionary to Guatemala on furlough 
and now a student at Grace College. 
Together they set out to get the Gos- 
pel to these families. Their first Satur- 
day led them to a very low-cost apart- 
ment building, which they later 
dubbed the "dormitory." As many as 
eight Mexican men could be found 
living in a one-room apartment. 
Several souls were led to the Lord that 
day and before long they began to 
realize the need for more workers who 
were willing to be used of God. 

Richard and Arthur started check- 
ing in the student body of Grace 
Schools for willing workers. They were 
first joined by Don Cameron, a 
middler in seminary; and Sue Stewart, 
a college freshman. The work pro- 
gressed and they were joined by Mary 
Sanchez and Sylvia Ossen. 

In the beginning the men in the 



"dormitory" were their only contacts, 
but from them the group learned of 
other Mexican families living in the 
vicinity. Each time they visited, the 
Word was received with eagerness. 
They were thrilled to know of the 
Saviour who loves them despite their 
condition, and most of all that He 
offers eternal life. 

The small team continued to minis- 
ter to these families on the weekends, 
and many more souls were claimed by 
Christ. Each new contact pointed 
them in the direction of other families. 
The team realized that they were going 
to need even more workers so they 
turned to the campus organizations: 
Grace Missions in Action, and the 
Mexican Evangelism Prayer Band, led 
by Mary Sanchez. This became the 
focal point of the outreach to the 
Mexicans, and Arthur Mikesell took 
charge of the evangelism and weekly 
training sessions. 

Through the Mexican Evangelism 
Prayer Band, Grace students became 
aware of the spiritual needs of the 
Mexicans. Within a few weeks the 
number of participating students more 
than doubled. 

On Sundays the students divide 
into teams. One team visits the men at 
the "dormitory" and conducts in- 
formal meetings with as many as 
twelve in attendance. Their goal is to 
get these men growing in Christ and to 
answer their questions. 

The spiritual needs of these men are 
being met, but their needs do not stop 
here. They have serious physical needs, 
too. Many have moved up from the 
South in search of better job oppor- 
tunities, but are disillusioned to dis- 
cover that there are no jobs to be 



April 17, 1971 



found. Out of nine men living in a 
shabby one-room apartment only 
Francisco has a job. One man's wages 
can only go so far. 

The language barrier is a definite 
hindrance in acquiring jobs. Recently 
Dan Pacheco along with a few other 
families of the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church pitched in to bring them 
several bags of groceries. The men's 
thankfulness for this gesture of friend- 
ship was expressed when one man said 
to Dan, "I can really see Christ work- 
ing here." 

Yes, their stomachs have been 
temporarily filled, and meantime there 
are groceries to fill the empty cup- 
boards. But just how long will a few 
bags of groceries last a hungry group 
of nine men? And there are still no 
jobs to be found. 

Phil Teran along with two other 
teams visit the families which have 
previously been contacted. Most of 
them reside in cheap two-room homes. 
Families, such as the Fuentes, have 
moved up from Texas or Florida in 
pursuit of higher economic oppor- 
tunities. 

Satan is busy at work and is keep- 
ing his grasp on the souls of a reluctant 
few. Sammy Fuentes, sixteen years of 
age, already knows the futility of 
living. He fights the fact that there is 
life after death and says: "How do you 
know that there is such a person as 
God? How can you be sure that there 
is a heaven, or even such a place as 
hell?" Sammy knows of social preju- 
dices and has been hardened quite 
young. He still refuses to believe that 
Christ is the answer to what life is real- 
ly all about. 

Mr. Rivera has recently made a pro- 
fession of Christ but alcoholism still 
has a hold on his life. 

Mr. Islas is just on the verge of a 
conversion, but he raises many ques- 
tions and then he concludes, "I'm just 
not ready to accept Christ." 

The Lord is richly blessing and is 
leading Mexican Evangelism to expand 
into the nearby cities, such as Milford 
and Pierceton. The student workers 
trust that very soon these families will 
group together at one location to have 
Sunday services. 

A consistent follow-up is underway 
to get the new converts into a study of 
the Word, and to join the Mexican 
Evangelism teams in witnessing to 

(Continued on page 23 j 



21 



The Greek letters Delta Tau Chi . . 




are the first letters in the three Greek words 

translated "Ministers of Christ. " 

It's a new organization on Grace campus 

for pre-seminary men. 



Thank God man cannot choose the 
age into which he should be born, for 
if he could, the majority of Christians 
would have been placed in "the good 
old days," that time of which many 
people talk, but few people can actual- 
ly place in history. 

At Grace College, there is a group 
of men who thank God that they have 
been born in this day and age. They 
view the twentieth century as a God- 
given time of opportunity in which to 
serve. For this opportunity they are 
thankful and excited for anticipated 
results in their ministry. Consequently, 
they are now studying at Grace Col- 
lege, looking forward to further study 
at Grace Seminary. 

To those who descry the apathy of 
today's young Christians in regard to 
commitment and dedication, it may 
come as quite a surprise that 56 men, 
or 18 percent of the 311 men in the 
Grace College student body have al- 
ready dedicated themselves to prepara- 



tion in theological study for future 
full-time Christian service. It is hoped 
and strongly felt that as the student 
body grows rapidly, this number of 
dedicated men will increase at a similar 
rate. These men comprise the newly 
organized pre-seminary club, Delta 
Tau Chi. 

The three Greek letters, chosen as 
the organization's name, represent the 
first letters of three Greek words trans- 
lated as "Ministers of Christ." The 
name was chosen as an indication of 
the club's express purpose, "to provide 
a vehicle of instruction and fellowship 
for those planning on a seminary edu- 
cation and dedicated to a career of 
service for Jesus Christ." 

Delta Tau Chi began during the 
1969-70 school year as a result of the 
personal interest of Dr. James Boyer, 
professor of Greek and New Testa- 
ment; with the enthusiastic assistance 
of seminary and college faculty and 
students desirous of such a fellowship. 



By Roger Wambold 

Senior, Grace College 

After organizational meetings, the 
composition and approval of a consti- 
tution, and ironing out of details, 
Delta Tau Chi became a functioning 
organization. The 1970-71 school year 
saw the full development of the club 
program. 

In keeping with the purpose of fel- 
lowship between members, meetings 
are held twice monthly, one of which 
is a breakfast meeting held at 6:30 on 
Saturday morning. In addition to busi- 
ness, each meeting includes a special 
program and prayer session. The pro- 
gram provides instruction for the 
members through messages from vari- 
ous seminary faculty members and 
others qualified to speak of the chal- 
lenges of the ministry for Christ. One 
of the most meaningful aspects of the 
program is the interchange of ideas, 
questions, and thoughts between indi- 
viduals, and the establishing of rela- 
tionships which will continue through- 
out life. 

It is hoped that the success of this 
year's program will be merely a step- 
ping stone in the growth of Delta Tau 
Chi. Emphasis in the future will be 
upon making the program of the club 
known to the student body by means 
of regular articles in the college news- 
paper, chapel programs, and personal 
contact with those interested in full- 
time service and seminary preparation. 
Also, an even closer liaison with the 
seminary student body and faculty is 
projected. 

The purpose of this discussion is 
not to lend the impression that God's 
soul-winning business is overstaffed, 
for it is inconceivable that the supply 
should ever meet or exceed the de- 
mand in the economy of service. This 
is to say that God is still dealing in the 
lives of men, issuing the call to sold- 
out service, and that the call is being 
heard, comprehended, and acted upon. 
It is the fervent prayer of the members 
of Delta Tau Chi that we may fall into 
the mainstream of God's program as 
sold-out servants, and it is our sincere 
request that all the Brethren people 
may follow and pray for the club and 
these men as ministers of Christ. # 



22 



Brethren Missionary Herald 






Seven Grace 

Administrators 

Recognized 

Members of the administrative staff 
of Grace Schools are listed in two new 
publications recently received by the 
library. 

Appealing in the 1970-71 edition 
of "Who's Who In American College 
and University Administration" for 
Grace Schools are: President— Dr. Her- 
man A. Hoyt; Vice President— Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr.; Academic Dean 
—Dr. E. William Male; Registrar and 
Director of Admissions— Ron Henry; 
Dean of Summer Sessions— Dr. Jesse 
D. Humberd; Alumni Coordinator- 
Rev. Thomas E. Hammers. The 
Crowell-Collier Educational Corpora- 
tion of New York, is the producer of 
this publication. 

Mrs. Mabel (Jeanette Crawford) 
Hamilton, Grace Schools librarian is 
listed in a very interesting first edition 
publication entitled, "The Two 
Thousand Women of Achievement." 

This large publication is the work of 
Kay, Sons and Daughter, Limited of 
London, and Dartmouth, Devon, 
England. All of the original 
questionnaires from which the 
biographies were written are housed 
for all time in the famous museum at 
Dartmouth, England, from which the 
Pilgram Fathers sailed to the New 
World. m 

STUDENTS REACH OUT . . . 

(Continued from page 21) 

other Mexicans. 

The opportunities are unlimited, 
but more workers are needed. Spiritual 
needs are being met, but the Mexicans 
still have great physical needs. Remem- 
ber our Lord's words in Matthew 5:42, 
as He says, "Give to them that ask- 
eth." 

Pray for these people. Don't just 
shelve them back in a corner of your 
mind because you can't personally re- 
late to them. 

Also be with Mexican Evangelism in 
spirit by praying for the college stu- 
dents as they minister to these Mexi- 
can families. You've seen what con- 
cerned college students can do in the 
Lord's name— what are you going to 
do! m 



Lancer Basketball Wrapup 



Two words sum up the 1970-71 
Grace College basketball season- 
successful and promising. Success- 
ful in that the team has compiled 
an 18-10 record and promising in 
that the team will have all but two 
players back next year. 

The Lancers got off to a good 
start early in the season as they 
won the first three games. After 
losing two games, the team chalked 
up victories in the next six. Grace 
then moved into a long series of 
Mid-Central Conference games. 
They defeated Concordia twice, St. 
Francis twice and Indiana Tech 
once. Goshen, Huntington, and 
Tri-State each defeated Grace 
twice. Tri-State captured the MCC 
crown while Goshen finished in 
second place. 

With the MCC title out to reach, 
the Lancers concentrated on quali- 
fying for the National Christian 
College Athletic Association tourn- 
aments. After losing to Goshen by a 
two-point margin, the team posted 
consecutive victories over St. 
Francis, Indiana Tech, Trinity, 



Bethel and Cedarville. The wins 
closed regular season play on a 
17-10 record. From there Grace 
moved into the NCCAA district 
tournament and overwhelmed 
Michigan Christian College of 
Rochester, Michigan, 105-63. The 
win enabled the Lancers to travel to 
Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the 
NCCAA national tournament 
March 11, 12, and 13. This marks 
the team's third year of participa- 
tion in the tournament. On the first 
occasion the Lancers finished in 
fifth place, and last year's team 
finished in the number two spot be- 
hind Azusa Pacific. 

Ron Clase, a 6'3" senior from 
Warsaw, Indiana, is the team's 
leading scorer averaging 17 points 
per game. Larry Christner, a 6'9" 
center from Peru, Indiana, is 
next in line with an average of 15 
points per game. Both Clase and 
Christner played their last season 
with Grace. Primary hopes for next 
year lie in the return of Butch 
Shook, Scott Jensen and Keith 
Hardesty. W 



REPORT FROM THE BOARD 

(Continued from page 17) 

doctorate, the board doubled its maxi- 
mum of financial assistance in securing 
this degree. The summer programs be- 
ing planned by Dean Kent and Dean 
Male were highly commended as aids 
to the educational community and 
constituency. 

Last, but by no means least, in an 
effort to implement plans for progress 
as well as meet the escalating costs of 
this day in which we live, significant 
actions were taken. In order to retain 
and maintain a highly dedicated and 
qualified staff, a salary increase was 
passed which will be reflected on the 
contract of each faculty and staff 
member. To meet this increase in the 
budget, the board approved a plan to 
urge the donors to increase their giving 
by at least 10 percent during the next 
year. And to supplement this, tuition 
will be increased $55 per semester in 
the college and $40 per semester in the 



seminary. 

Campus development projected 
over the next several years includes a 
chapel-fine arts building, a third floor 
added to the college classroom build- 
ing, or such variations as are deemed 
wise, as well as the mobile-home park 
and an athletic field. In order to raise 
the money for this development, the 
board of trustees authorized issuance 
of bonds in the amount of $450,000, 
in lots of $250 and $1,000 and bearing 
interest at 6 percent per annum. These 
bonds can be redeemed upon thirty 
days notice. Here is the place where 
students, faculty members, board 
members, and friends can make a wise 
and profitable investment, and at the 
same time share in the progress and 
development of the school. This ap- 
peal is addressed to each of you. Join 
us in this venture of faith, and thereby 
express your faith in this educational 
work of God and your desire to see it 
prosper. And in any event, pray for 
the success of this bond program. # 



April 17, 1971 



23 



GRACE NEWS 



Dunlap Resigns Position 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, president of Grace Schools, has announced 
the resignation of Mr. Russel H. Dunlap, business manager and 
treasurer of Grace Schools and the Winona Lake Christian Assembly. 
Dunlap has indicated he will become general manager of Metaline 
Products, Inc., of Elkhart, Indiana, as of September 1, 1971. 

Dr. Hoyt stated that Dunlap has been one of the "key" men in 
the steady growth of Grace Schools, and his resignation is being 
accepted with deep regret. 

Mr. Dunlap came to Grace Schools in 1962, from Boston, 
Massachusetts, where he was the District Regional Manager for RCA 
for seven years. He received several awards and citations for his 
managerial skills with RCA. 

During the last nine years, Dunlap has been instrumental in the 
rapid financial growth of Grace Schools. Total assets of the schools 
have increased from $1,400,000 in 1962, to $5,000,000 in 1971. In 
addition, Grace Schools assumed control and management of the 
Winona Lake Christian Assembly in 1968, and Dunlap has been 
handling the business affairs of both corporations since that time. 

In 1965, Dunlap initiated the formation of the Christian Business 
Men's Committee for the Warsaw-Winona Lake area. The CBMC is 
now well established and is generating keen interest among Christian 
men in the community. 

In his new position, Dunlap will be the chief operations and 
financial officer for Metaline Products, Inc., which makes parts for 
mobile homes. The Grace Manufacturing Company, located in 
Warsaw, is a subsidiary of Metaline Products, Inc. 

Dr. Hoyt indicated that a man of Dunlap's ability and personal 
integrity will be difficult to replace. 

Messner New 'Quad C Exec 

Richard G. Messner, director of development, Grace College, has 
been elected vice president of the Christian College Coordinating 
Council. 

A growing national organization, the council now consists of 
thirty-one evangelical Christian schools concerned about working 
together to serve the needs of Christian youth. 

Other officers of the council are: Dr. Arthur Klem, Trinity 
College, president; Grant Hoatson, Fort Wayne Bible College, secre- 
tary; and Homer Jackson, Spring Arbor College, treasurer. 

Membership in the council is limited to those colleges which 
through their own written doctrinal statements and representatives 
unreservedly subscribe to the doctrinal statement of the council. 
Member colleges are also required to subscribe to commonly 
accepted practices and ethics in areas of mutal concern. 

"Christian Colleges Working Together" is the theme of the 
very attractive, award-winning council display which is being used 
at Sunday school, Youth for Christ, and other conferences. 

A new brochure, "Get the Facts on Christian Colleges," is being 
used to challenge inquirers to get information on the cooperating 
schools. 

Just remember— if you see the display or brochure somewhere, 
it's a boost for Grace. We belong. 




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Contents 

Reflections By Still Waters 3 

"What Hath God Wrought" 4 

A Moslem Comes to Christ 6 

Love by Correspondence 8 

One Week to Evangelize 9 

German Evangelicals Form 

Significant Document 10 

The Children's Page 11 

Church News 12 

The Creative Woman 15 

Current and Christian 16 

Along the Bible Way 17 

The Jack-of-all-Trades Syndrome 18 

SMM News Bits 20 

Living Abundantly in Service 21 

WMC Local News and Notes 22 

Abundance or Want? 23 

To Mothers of Missionaries 24 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions-Rev. John Zielasko WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Pam Walters 

Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer NFGBM— Mr. Phil Landrum 

COVER PHOTO: Scenes of Buenos Aires, capital 
of Argentina. The FMS is this year publicizing the 
works in the large cities of Brethren foreign fields. 
(Photos by Gordon Austin; montage bv Don War- 
dell) 

May 1, 1971 

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In my association with the work of 
the church, I have noted two forces at 
work that are so close together in ap- 
pearance, but so far apart in results 
that it has bothered me. I have learned 
to admire stability and come to dread 
stagnation. It is very easy to have one 
and call it the other. For many people 
who appear to be stable have just be- 
come stagnant. 

How are we to tell the difference? 
There are guidelines established that 
are quoted by many of the Bible 
writers. Paul especially notes the virtue 
of stability in the Christian life and ex- 
horts the church to be firmly estab- 
lished. David in the Psalms speaks of 
"a tree planted by the rivers of water." 
We all admire the child of God who 
bears this rare and valued trait. 
Churches are built on such a solid 
foundation of dependable workers. 
Nevertheless, it seems that in each 
good positive virtue of life there is a 
danger of misuse and lack of under- 
standing. In the presence of stability 
there needs to be a guard against stag- 
nation. We should use care to see that 
we do not establish ourselves to the 
degree that we are not open to 
progress both of growth in spirit and 
awareness of methods of using God's 
truth. In becoming a "pillar in the 
church" beware of gathering too many 
cobwebs. 

Paul presents the basics for us in 
the Book of Ephesians 3:17, "that ye, 
being rooted and grounded in love." 
Here he gives us the key to the prob- 



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lem and the answer— rooted speaks of 
growth and grounded speaks of 
stability— the twofold stance of the 
dedicated believer. 

Let me make my point by means of 
an illustration. A telephone pole is 
grounded. It is firmly established in 
the earth. It fulfills a purpose by re- 
maining in place and being stable. It 
was once a tree but its roots have been 
severed and growth is no longer pos- 
sible. There are no limbs, no leaves and 
no fruit. You cannot say a great many 
negative things about a telephone pole 
unless you should accidentally bump 
into it with your car. Its good stable 
condition remains its greatest virtue. 

Now let's look at the word rooted. 
This gives me a picture of being estab- 
lished. The average tree does not move 
around in the front yard or the woods! 
It stays in one place but there is life 
and activity. The reason? It is rooted 
and it draws water from the ground 
and the sun helps the leaves and the 
tree to carry out the processes of 



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Editor 



growth and to bring about fruit pro- 
duction. Now we have the value of 
stability plus the virtue of growth and 
life. The telephone pole has lost some- 
thing in its stability but the tree with 
its roots has not. 

As Christians it is so easy to attend 
the services of the church, to sit in the 
same pew year after year, to give to 
the organizations of the church, and to 
fulfill our responsibilities to the organ- 
ization and to become stagnant in our 
experience with God. There must be 
life that comes from being "rooted 
and grounded in love" (Eph. 3:17). 
Remember, Jesus came to give us life 
in its highest and most abundant form 
not to cement us into an unproduc- 
tive, unmoveable situation in life. W 



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A look at the Lomas Bookstore in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina 



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A young woman suggested we 
turn the page of the Bible in our 
show window. She explained 
that her boss, who is Jewish, and 
his Jewish friend, read the por- 
tion every day. 



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lere is a story that must be 
told— a story about a man who saw a 
bookstore as the tool through which 
he could bring the blessing of God to 
hurried, busy, frustrated people who 
otherwise would not stop to listen to 
the words of a mere preacher of the 
Gospel. 

The man's name is Hill Maconaghy. 
The bookstore is located in a busy 
arcade building situated in a suburb of 
Buenos Aires, Argentina, known as 
Lomas de Zamora. Listen to Mr. 
Maconaghy's written story given to the 
FMS board at its recent meeting: 

The first customer in the store was 
a young Argentine girl who purchased 
a Bible. A short time later she returned 
and bought another one for her boy- 
friend, a Japanese. Since she had a 
dress shop in the same arcade where 
we are, we had many opportunities for 
contact with them and finally were 
able to get them to attend some gospel 
meetings with us. After one of these 
meetings the young lady accepted the 



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Rev. Hill Maconaghy operates the Lomas Bookstore. 



Lord as her Saviour in our home. Later 
they were married; now they have 
three children, and live in a town next 
to Lomas de Zamora, going toward the 
capital. We continue to have contact 
with this family for the Lord. 

Right next to our bookstore is a 
shop where the wife of the owner, 
having had close contact with the 
Gospel by means of the bookstore, has 
come to know Christ as her Saviour. 
Evidence of the reality of her conver- 
sion was her concern for her family to 
hear the same message. Arrangements 
were made for us to go to her father's 



home where she had gathered together 
her parents, aunt and uncle, and sister 
and children. Several hours were spent 
opening the Word to them. This was 
not the only occasion but many other 
times we have visited in this home. 
The door is open. They live in a city 
farther in toward the capital. 

This lady also took us to see her 
aunt who was seriously ill, just prior to 
her death, and we had the opportunity 
of at least telling her the good news of 
salvation. The Lord knows the result 
of that visit. 

A man who was rather a new Chris- 
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tian began to be carried away by a 
false doctrine. Since he frequented the 
bookstore, through wise counseling 
and providing him with sound books 
on the Scriptures, it was possible to 
establish him in his Christian life. He is 
now a radiant Christian and a constant 
visitor to the bookstore. 

We recently received a request from 
an employee in a nearby shop. She 
asked Susana, our bookstore clerk, to 
occasionally turn the page of the Bible 
we have in our display window. She 
later explained why. Her boss, who is 
Jewish, and his Jewish friend read the 
portion every day. 

A number of years ago there was a 
well-known criminal in Argentina 
known as Pibe Avellaneda, who later 
came to know the Lord. His life story 
has been published in a book which is 
sold in the store. Susana, our em- 
ployee, loaned a copy to a girl working 
in a pocketbook shop close by. This 
girl left her work but left the book in 
the shop. Her employer, a man of 
means, found the book and came to 
our store to ask if it was not from 
there and how much it cost. He knew 
of Pibe Avellaneda as a criminal but 
did not know what happened to him 
afterwards. He purchased the book. 
The next day 1 asked him what he 
thought of it. He said it was marvel- 
ous. He said that he is a Catholic by 
tradition but that the Gospel which 
had transformed Pibe was wonderful. 
He was going to lend the book to a 
friend who also knew the Pibe of be- 
fore. Mr. Avellaneda, who still lives, 
visits our store, and I have promised to 
introduce these two. 

There is quite a revolution taking 
place within the Roman Catholic 
church in these days in Latin America. 
Thus it is that an eighteen-year-old 
youth, who is leader of a group of 
about ten boys of the Legion of Mary, 
comes into the bookstore to buy 
Gospels, New Testaments, and Bible 
study helps to use in teaching this 
group of boys. He has all sorts of ques- 
tions and asks all kinds of counsel. 
What an opportunity this has been and 
continues to be. 

During a long time a young 
Catholic priest, wearing his priestly 
robes, came into the bookstore. At 
first he would argue on points of doc- 
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trine. Gradually he began to buy New 
Testaments and then other books such 
as Peace With God by Billy Graham. A 
few months ago he came into the 
bookstore. Neither my wife nor I was 
there, so he told Susana to tell us that 
he had left the priesthood. His story is 
thrilling. The bookstore had a part in 
it. 

These cases could be multiplied but 
this gives you an idea of the spiritual 
ministry of the bookstore. 

From its very inception the Lomas 
de Zamora bookstore ministry has had 
as its goal the salvation of souls, the 
opening of homes to the Gospel, and 
Bible study classes with the end view 
of planting Brethren churches in new 
fields as a result of these contacts. 
Therefore, at the present moment and 
looking into the future, how do things 
stand in regard to this? 

There is already a small Bible study 
class with a family in the capital of 
Buenos Aires. There is also another 
family, living ten blocks away, who 
we are endeavoring to interest in the 
Gospel. There is an opening for Bible 
studies in a home in the city of Lanus, 
that of the family we mentioned be- 
fore. 

The ex- priest has a farm about 
twenty miles to the south of Lomas, 
close to another city. He, as well as 
other members of his family, reads 
English, so we are passing on to him 
the Decision magazine. His mother 
teaches English and uses the magazines 
with her pupils although we do not be- 
lieve she is converted. We have been 
invited to visit them and plan to do so 
soon. Another Bible class could pos- 
sibly open up. 

However, the most thrilling de- 
velopment of all is that recently there 
has been a request on the part of at 
first a few and then of quite a group, 
to have a Bible study class in Lomas de 
Zamora. Some of these folks are saved, 
and some are unconverted but inter- 
ested; there could be close to twenty. 
Three of the Christians are interested 
in becoming members of the Brethren 
Church. The ex-priest has asked me to 
advise him when the classes will begin 
because he wishes to attend. The 
young Catholic leader of the group of 
boys of the Legion of Mary says that 
he will attend and may be able to 



bring some of his group. 

This is the story to the present. But 
it isn't ended yet. Hill Maconaghy and 
his faithful wife and helper, Dorothy, 
will be coming home soon for a year's 
furlough. In their absence Paul and 
Dortha Dowdy will be returning to 
this land, which was home to them for 
many years, to continue the work God 
has started in Lomas de Zamora. Their 
goal: to establish a church among the 
believers who first heard the Gospel 
because God's man saw an opportuni- 
ty in a bookstore to put it to work to 
communicate a message to people who 
would not otherwise listen.— RWT # 

Looking down the busy street from the 
bookstore. 




His Moslem friends never did believe 
it. They even turned his face toward 
Mecca when he died. But the calmness on 
Garaba's face proved he had the 
assurance of going on to a better 
"village." 



A 

MOSLEM 
COMES TO 
CHRIST 



(FMS editor's note: According to Dr. Floyd 
Taber, Garaba is the first Moslem convert to 
Christianity in the history of the Brethren 
mission. Miss Hull tells the story.) 



VJ7araba Osseman is an Arab. He 
was born in Nigeria and grew up in the 
Moslem religion. Perhaps through his 
wanderings in keeping cattle, or per- 
haps because of his passion for 
hunting, he eventually ended up in 
C.A.R. Now, I've seen no wild animals 
bigger than monkeys since my arrival 
in Africa, and I'm told this is partly 
due to Garaba. He was a real hunter. 
He had ten porters to carry home the 
meat of one day's hunt. Some days he 
killed more than one elephant. He told 
me he met Dr. Harold Mason out in 
the bush one day and poor Dr. Mason 



By Miss Margaret Hull 

Missionary to Africa 



had not gotten anything. "So I gave 
him a gogoa" (a wild buffalo). 

Garaba's life has been pretty tame 
these past few years, with no more 
animals to kill. He purchased a little 
store about twenty-five kilometers 
north of the hospital, and we have 
seen him here from time to time. 
When his wife delivered a nice baby 
boy here at our hospital, he sent all 
the missionaries a filet. And he told 
me his son was going to grow up to be 
a doctor, a missionary doctor, "because 
they know how to love people." 

About three months ago Garaba 
came into the hospital as a patient. He 
wanted his hernia repaired. But he had 
to have filaria treatment before the 



doctor would touch his hernia, so he 
was around here for several weeks. He 
was a likable fellow, and much more 
friendly to missionaries than are most 
Arabs. He always carried his waterpot 
and went through the ceremonial 
cleansing and prayer chanting. But he 
did not refuse to listen to what we had 
to say. I think from the very beginning 
of his stay many of the African nurses 
were burdened for his salvation. 

Eventually Garaba had his hernia 
repair but it was slow in healing and he 
complained of lots of pain in the lower 
abdomen. We began to look upon him 
as a chronic complainer and sort of 
joked about it. However, one day his 
condition became acute and Dr. Walk- 
er had to do surgery again, only to dis- 
cover that Garaba had cancer of the 
bladder. This was a blow to all of us. 
Now Garaba was our friend. What 
could we do to help him? Mary Cripe 
took him to Bangui to see if he could 
get any help from the big hospital 
there, but they only confirmed the 
diagnosis, saying that the cancer had 
spread to half the bladder. 

Now you want to hear how Garaba 
was miraculously healed. We prayed 
for this. But God used this illness to 
bring about a much greater miracle. 
Many people were praying for Garaba 
by this time. Missionaries on several of 
our stations had heard of his need and 
many people in the States were pray- 
ing too. The nurses witnessed to him, 
and he began to listen and to think. 

God used Garaba's illness to bring 
him to a saving knowledge of Jesus 
Christ. I was the happy one to hear the 
news first, though I was by no means 
the only one involved in witnessing to 
him. I had just helped him into the 
treatment room and was about to 
change his dressing. He was suffering 
severe pain when he said, "Mademoi- 
selle, this thing that is going to kill me, 
it's getting close, isn't it." 

"Yes, it is," I told him frankly, 
"and that is the reason why you must 
fix up your affair with God." 

"Oh, there's plenty of time for that 
yet." 

"No, there isn't, Garaba," I told 
him. "You don't know what your 
mind will be like tomorrow and God 
says today is the day, not tomorrow." 

"But you don't understand," he 
said. "I have fixed it up." 

"How have you fixed it up, Gara- 
ba?" 

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"I've talked to God about it." 

"But which god did you talk to? 
You must talk to the God who is 
powerful enough to forgive your sins." 

"Mademoiselle," he said slowly and 
deliberately, "I prayed to God, the 
Father of Jesus Christ, and I said, 
'God, don't forget this man You made 
and put on this earth. Look on him 
and think of him and forgive him be- 
cause of Jesus Christ.' Mademoiselle, 
I've asked God to forgive me over and 
over and over, many times." 

"Garaba, you only have to ask Him 
once in the name of Jesus Christ, and 
He will forgive. He's big enough, and 
powerful and loving enough to do 
that." I could hardly keep back the 
tears. Then I said, "Garaba, for you 
death won't be a thing to fear. You 
will have this suffering for a while, and 
then death, and then all the rest of 
your days with God in His village. And 
soon we will be with you there, and it 
will be so wonderful for us all to be 
together up there." 



"I know that." He said it very con- 
fidently. 

Garaba's Moslem friends come 
around and try to say their prayers 
and do the special things they want to 
do for one who has not long to live. 
But Garaba tells them: "Dr. Taber 
comes and prays with me every day, 
and that is enough." He has a lot of 
suffering to endure yet. He has two 
young sons. One of them has already 
been taken by one of his Moslem 
friends. Pray for his wife, Rachel, who 
is a young Christian, and who will at 
his death become the wife of his 
Moslem brother, according to Garaba. 

This is a beginning. May it be the 
opening for which we are praying to 
reach our Arab friends for Christ. 

A postscript to this story, writ- 
ten several weeks later: 

Garaba died on the first day of 
March. This Arab man who had been 
under our care for five months, had 
become someone very special to us. As 



we watched his futile struggle with 
cancer and saw him stand firm in his 
newly found faith in spite of the con- 
certed efforts of his Moslem friends, 
our admiration for him grew. Just a 
few nights before he died he called for 
Dr. Taber and the nurses to come and 
pray with him. It was our special bless- 
ing to be able to comfort him in his 
hours of need. Somehow it didn't 
seem to make much difference that at 
the moment of his death his Arab 
friends were there to swiftly turn his 
face toward Mecca, to douse his body 
with their incense, and to perform the 
other rites special to them. He was at 
last beyond their reach, safe with his 
heavenly Father and Christ who had 
gone before to prepare a place for him. 
As I sat there on March 1 and 
looked at his wasted body but thought 
also of the calmness and peace with 
which he had waited death, I thanked 
God that He had given me the oppor- 
tunity of seeing this man come to 
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First, a cadet; now— 



Full Fledged for France 



To fledge is to acquire the feathers 
necessary to fly. Larry and Vicki De- 
Armey are just completing the process 
and this September will wing their way 
to France as full-fledged missionaries. 

Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 
Larry at an early age accompanied his 
family to Winona Lake, Indiana, where 
his father studied for five years in 
Grace College and Seminary before be- 
coming pastor of the Waterloo, Iowa, 
Grace Brethren Church. When Larry 
was in high school his father was called 
to pastor the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church, and Larry has made his home 
in Winona Lake until the present. 
After high school graduation he 
studied for four years in Grace College 
and then one year in Grace Seminary. 

It was during that seminary year 
that he and a classmate, Dan Ham- 
mers, worked out with the Foreign 
Missionary Society the plan for a short 
term of service in France. They were 
dubbed "cadet missionaries," and dur- 
ing their fifteen months of service 
there both became convinced that God 
would have them in France as full-time 
workers. 



Nevertheless, they realized that 
they needed to complete their train- 
ing, and they returned to the U.S. in 
time to re-enter seminary in the fall of 
1966. During the year God revealed to 
both Larry and Dan the young women 
who were to be their respective help- 
mates, and both couples were married 
in the summer of 1967. Dan and 
Sherry Hammers are now serving in 
France. Larry and Vicki De Armey 
hope to join them soon. 

Vicki was born and reared in 
Hagerstown, Maryland. The summer 
before her junior year in Grace College 
she dedicated her life to the Lord for 
foreign service, and the following fall 
she met Larry DeArmey who had just 
returned from France. Marriage fol- 
lowed graduation and Vicki taught in 
an elementary school for two years be- 
fore their little daughter, Ginette 
Mireille, was born in August, 1970. 

The DeArmeys are facing the ap- 
pointed course of all fledgling mission- 
aries with the purchase of outfit and 
underwriting of support as necessary 
milestones to be passed before they 
try their wings and head for France. 




Larry, Vicki and Ginette DeArmey 



Pray for them in the many details of 
their preparation. You can assure com- 
pletion of their fledging by giving your 
gifts to the DeArmey outfit and sup- 
port funds soon. $Q 



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LOVE BY 
CORRESPONDENCE 



I lie cards, heat, dust, scurrying to 
get correspondence course booklets in 
the mail, correcting examinations, all 
add up to love by correspondence. 

There are not many cards in the 
file. Only 212. But that means 212 
people who have shown some interest 
in personal Bible study. That means 
479 books mailed to students all over 
the Central African Republic. That 
means many examinations graded and 
returned. And it all means love by cor- 
respondence. 

In going through the files, the name 
of Bouar keeps making its appearance. 
"Address?— Bouar." Seen so often it 
made an impression. The urge to go to 
Bouar to find these people and inter- 
view them kept recurring. And the 
conviction grew that this was what the 
Lord wanted us to do. 

How does one go to a strange city, 
where he knows no one, and find the 
people who should be found? There is 
only one thing to do— go. So we went 
— Rosella Cochran and I. 

Within hours of our arrival, people 
began to come to us. A city is a city 
because there are many people there. 
And people are people. They tell 
things to each other. Soon we were 
surrounded by eager people who were 
plying us with their questions. A house 
was supplied to us for our stay, wood 
and water brought to us, gifts of food, 
and even a young man to work for us. 
Never have we had a more loving re- 
ception. Each morning the young man 
came with a loaf of bread, a gift from 
the Christians. Each noon we were 
taken to the home of one of the local 
Christians and given a delicious meal. 

Soon daily meetings with the 
women were arranged for different 
parts of the city. Each evening saw the 
arrival of many guests who were eager 



By Miss Ruth Snyder 

Missionary to Africa 



to talk about God's Word and work. 
Many cups of tea and plates of cookies 
disappeared during those precious eve- 
ning hours. Each night we heard the 
same cry: there is a lot of work to be 
done for the Lord, so pray for us. 

As we reflect on the experiences of 
the few days spent at Bouar, we re- 
member the joy the people seemed to 
have because someone many miles 
away cares for them and prepares les- 
sons so they can study God's Word. 
And we remember the delight of their 
welcome to us because we thought 
enough of them to travel the many 
miles of bad roads to visit them. 

So, loaded with gifts, we returned 
to the files, the rush of getting books 
in the weekly mail, and the pressure of 
preparing new lessons. But we are re- 
freshed, for we have found love by 
correspondence. 

A letter from Miss Ruth Snyder to 
the FMS office, accompanying this 
article explains: 

I have tried to tell some of our 
experiences in a short write-up for 
publication. But there are many things 
I could not say in a short account, or 
in public. Many years ago, while 1 was 
a new missionary, I was warned not to 
send home glowing accounts of nation- 
al Christians as that seemed to subject 
them to severe attacks by the devil. 
My years of observation have told me 
that that advice was sound. Of course, 
it raises a problem— how can we share 
our experiences with those who send 
us here and yet protect those to whom 
we have been sent? So 1 have refrained 
from telling about the people we met 



at Bouar. But I am sure that if I tell 
you, you will find a way to get folks at 
home praying for the work here with- 
out calling attention to individuals. 

All my many years in Africa I have 
grieved because we never seem to be 
accepted as people among people. My 
delight at Bouar was due to the fact 
that there Rosella and I were so re- 
ceived. The people at the church there 
are important people in the com- 
munity. They have high positions, and 
they are attracting more and more of 
the educated classes to their services. 
May they win many for the Lord. 
There are five places in the community 
where the Brethren Church gives the 
Gospel to over two thousand people 
every week. There is not one ordained 
man there. All these places are cared 
for by these people who care. Simon- 
Pierre Nambozouina will be going to 
one of the churches next month. (How 
I will miss him! We have worked to- 
gether for twenty years!) 

These people did not say GIVE, 
GIVE. Instead they gave. If they 
wanted us to go to the army camp, 
they called a taxi and paid for it. We 
did not have a car there, which in 
some ways was a blessing, for we saw 
what they will do for us. 

To go back to the local leaders, one 
man who is a commercial man, the 
owner of several stores, told me. that 
although he is a big businessman, the 
thing he loves best is the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ. He is one of our corre- 
spondence course students. Another is 
a lieutenant in the army, another a 
well-educated man who is now taking 
a course in mechanics. These are the 
people we found as well as many 
more. Pray for this group of saints. 

And pray for me and the corre- 
spondence courses. # 



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One Week to Evangelize 



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'ne car, four flat tires, eight 
musicians, nineteen meetings, one 
hundred fifty musical numbers sung 
and played, approximately seven 
hundred decisions by young people, 
3,700 kilometers of road traveled here 
in the Central African Republic! Those 
are the statistics, for those who like 
them, for one week— February 7 
through 14. 

But an evangelization campaign in 
the high schools and junior colleges 
cannot be summarized by figures. 
Words such as "unforeseen," "un- 
expected," "enthusiastic," and "alive" 
must also be used. In the eight large 
centers which were visited, not once 
did things occur in the same way as far 
as the preparation, advertisement, and 
cooperation of local Christians were 
concerned. 

Upon our arrival for a meeting, the 
first question asked was, "What has 
been done, and what has not been 
done?" As soon as the situation was 
clear, it was necessary to arrange for 
the food and lodging for the eight 
musicians. There was great variation, 
ranging from complete indifference to 
profuse hospitality. For ourselves, we 
had with us all that we needed for 
sleeping and eating. Sometimes these 
things were needed but at other times 
it was not even necessary to unpack a 
towel as all had been prepared in ad- 
vance for us. For our musicians there 
were many instructive experiences in 
contacting young Christians in the 
government schools and realizing their 
difficulties. They had opportunities to 



By Jean-Louis Steudler 

Missionary to A frica 

exchange ideas, give advice, and en- 
courage the use of the Bible studies 
which had been distributed in October 
for study groups. 

We realized that the young people 
were ready to do something but the 
lack was in experienced Christians to 
guide their activities. Sometimes a mis- 
sionary considers the difficult work 
among the students as an important 
part of his ministry. In these instances 
the youth groups are going forward. 
But more often there is neither an 
African pastor nor a missionary who 
wants to work with the youth in the 
schools. Also, the youth are confused 
and have a poor existence. 

At Grimari there is a technical high 
school with seventy students. The new 
director is a real Christian who helps 
the small group of Christians in his 
school. He told us, "The more Chris- 
tians 1 have, the less I have to dis- 
cipline the students." This man had 
made all the preparations himself for 
the meeting which we held there, in- 
cluding placing of benches in the larg- 
est classroom. He was present with 
four of his teachers, and fifty-five of 
the seventy students were also present 
for the music and the evangelistic mes- 
sage. When the invitation was given, 
twenty-seven raised their hands. Upon 
seeing this response the director an- 
nounced that he would buy ten Bibles 
for the students. We know that this 
gesture will bear fruit. 



Musical groups like this are effective tools of evangelism in Africa. 




In addition to the schools we were 
able to visit several former Yaloke stu- 
dents who are now government of- 
ficials, teachers, employed in courts, 
or with the police. Satisfied with good 
salaries, they were just enjoying life. 
But as the years passed, they have 
realized that life is empty. As one said, 
"In short, what is my life accomplish- 
ing?" For these young men there is 
something which answers their need in 
part. It is a church service in the 
French language. For them French is a 
language which they have studied and 
used since primary school and they 
want to be able to study the Bible in 
it. 

In Bangui the French church service 
is well attended (more than 500 each 
Sunday). In some centers a French 
service is being tried for the first time. 
However, many times it is at 6:30 a.m. 
and in a church which is not centrally 
located. The greatest need is for some- 
one to direct and guide these services. 
In most places there is no one! Two 
former students from Yaloke, upon 
seeing these needs, have expressed a 
desire to attend the School of The- 
ology at Yaloke. But there are many 
problems to be solved: administrative 
vacation, financial needs for school, 
and a means of supporting the family. 
We would also like to organize a sum- 
mer course that would be designed 
especially for the government officials 
who want to take an active part in the 
organization of the French church 
service. Will you pray for this project, 
that this urgent need might be met! 

In closing we want to present an- 
other subject for prayer. During our 
travels in October to visit the colleges 
and high schools, we realized that the 
government was using around thirty 
Russian teachers. These teachers come 
with two-year contracts. We ordered 
some Russian New Testaments with 
Psalms from the Maison de la Bible. 
We asked our former students to give 
each professor a New Testament. Since 
a nice inscription was written on the 
flyleaf, it will be difficult for the pro- 
fessors to refuse this gift. Pray for this 
project. Qfc 



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German 

Evangelicals 

Form Significant Document 



Part 4 

A document called "The Frankfurt 
Declaration" was signed by eminent German 
theologians and missiologists on March 4, 
1970. In view of the many attacks against 
historic Christian faith which have come out 
of Germany, it is refreshing to see a state- 
ment which takes such a positive stand on 
the Scriptures. Evangelical leaders in the 
United States have labeled this as one of the 
most significant developments in missions. 
We would have to object to the wording in a 
few places; however, we still feel that the 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
should be aware of the document. This 
small segment of German evangelicals who 
have courageously taken a stand for the 
evangelization of the world needs to know 
that in this expression of faith others stand 
with them. 

This is the fourth and final installment of 
the Declaration. 

THE FRANKFURT 
DECLARATION 

on the Fundamental Crisis 
in Christian Mission 

Seven Indispensable Basic 
Elements of Mission (cont.) 

7. "And this gospel of the Kingdom 

will be proclaimed throughout 

the earth as a testimony to all 

nations; and then the end will 

come" (Matthew 24: 14). 

We recognize and declare: 

The Christian world mission is the 

decisive, continuous saving activity of 

God among men between the time of 

the resurrection and second coming of 



Jesus Christ. Through the proclama- 
tion of the Gospel, new nations and 
people will progressively be called to 
decision for or against Christ. When all 
people have heard the witness about 
Him and have given their answer to it, 
the conflict between the Church of 
Jesus and the world, led by the Anti- 
christ, will reach its climax. Then 
Christ himself will return and break 
into time, disarming the demonic 
power of Satan and establishing His 
own visible, boundless messianic king- 
dom. 

We refute the unfounded idea that 
the eschatological expectation of the 
New Testament has been falsified by 
Christ's delay in returning and is there- 
fore to be given up. 

We refute at the same time the en- 
thusiastic and Utopian ideology that 
either under the influence of the Gos- 
pel or by the anonymous working of 
Christ in history, all of mankind is 
already moving toward a position of 
general peace and justice and will final- 
ly—before the return of Christ— be 
united under Him in a great world fel- 
lowship. 

We refute the identification of mes- 
sianic salvation with progress, develop- 
ment, and social change. The fatal con- 
sequence of this is that efforts to aid 
development and revolutionary in- 
volvement in the places of tension in 
society are seen as the contemporary 
forms of Christian mission. But such 



an identification would be a self- 
deliverance to the Utopian movement 
of our time in the direction of their 
ultimate destination. 

We do, however, affirm the deter- 
mined advocacy of justice and peace 
by all churches, and we affirm that 
"assistance in development" is a time- 
ly realization of the divine demand for 
mercy and justice as well as of the com- 
mand of Jesus: "Love thy neighbor." 

We see therein an important ac- 
companiment and verification of mis- 
sion. We also affirm the humanizing re- 
sults of conversion as signs of the 
coming messianic peace. 

We stress, however, that unlike the 
eternally valid reconciliation with God 
through faith in the Gospel, all of our 
social achievements and partial suc- 
cesses in politics are bound by the 
eschatological "not yet" of the coming 
Kingdom and the not yet annihilated 
power of sin, death, and the devil, who 
still is the "prince of this world." 

This establishes the priorities of our 
missionary service and causes us to ex- 
tend ourselves in the expectation of 
Him, who promises, "Behold! I make 
all things new" (Rev. 21:5). 

This declaration was unanimously 
accepted by the "Theological Conven- 
tion," a regular meeting of theologians 
who want to be faithful to Scripture 
and confession, at their session on 
March 4, 1970, in Frankfurt, West 
Germany. • 



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THE CHILDREN'S PACt 
MISSIONARY HELPERS HERE AND THERE 



TROY, OHIO 




The boys and girls of the MHC at Grace Brethren 
Church, Troy, Ohio, sent Christmas cards and notes to 
children in Brazil. Recently as speakers for one meeting 
they had Rev. and Mrs. Randall Maycumber, who are mis- 
sionaries to Brazil. They also heard Mr. Tom McDairmant 
from Africa. The children enjoyed hearing the mission- 
aries, and they were able to learn more about Brazil and 
Africa. 

The four boys in the back row in the picture are Tim 



MYERSTOWN, PA. 




Lori (left) and Tracey Findley of the 
Grace Brethren Church, where Rev. 
Luke Kauffman is pastor. 



Walters, David Meek, Daryl Harris, and 
Chuck Baker. Middle row: Linda Baker, 
Jane Willis, Jean Willis, and Jon Volov- 
ski. Front row: Billy Willis, Doug Baker, 
Mike Walters, Mark Davison, and Becky 
Meek. 

Leaders of this MHC are Mrs. Edwin 
Baker and Mrs. Howard Walters, and 
pastor of the church is Rev. Mike 
Volovski. 



HAGERSTOWN,MD. 

The Primary church at Grace Breth- 
ren of Hagerstown has an average of 
sixty to sixty-five children attending 
each Sunday. These three girls are among 
the children who have memorized Scrip- 
ture and have learned to pray for the 
misssionaries. 

Left to right: Jodi Ann Mongan, 
Louella Dorsey, and Kelly Nigh. 

Mrs. Howard Dorsey is leader and Rev. 
Robert Collitt is pastor. 

HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY 




'. jfci&v 



I WONDER I F THE 
MHC LEADERS KNOW 
THAT AUNT ALYS 
HAS MADE UP LOTS 
OF 




I THINK THEY DO - BUT 
NOT TOO MANY ARE 
USING THEM. THEY 
ARE REALLY GREAT 
AND I WISH MORE. - 
CLUBS 
COULD 
SEE AND 
HEAR- 
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LEADERS, HOW ABOUT WRITING- 
THE MHC OFFICE IF YOU DON'T 
HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE LIST OF 






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OKEECHOBEE, FLA. The church 
was "swamped" with good reports for 
the first quarter of 1971. There were 
15 baptized and brought into the 
church membership; the church sanc- 
tuary was painted; the parsonage was 
repaired; new cribs were bought for 
the nursery. On Palm Sunday, the 
church hosted the Grace College Brass 
Choir. A carry-in dinner followed the 
morning service. On Easter Sunday 
evening, the local choir sang a cantata 
written by the director, Mrs. Terry 
Jones. Gerald Root, pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. The call from 
the congregation of the Community 
Brethren church to be their pastor was 
accepted by Rev. John Mayes. He is 
currently the pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Sunnyside, Wash. 
He, with his family, will be moving to 
Whittier in June. At the present time 
Dr. Charles Mayes, father of John, is 
the interim pastor of the Community 
church. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Jerry Phillips, 
former professional football player 
with the New Orleans Saints, has been 
called by the Patterson Park Brethren 
Church to serve as youth director. Mr. 
Phillips is in the insurance business and 
will work with the youth on a part- 
time basis. 

Pastor and Mrs. John Terrell will 
host a 15-day tour to the Holy Land 
beginning June 7. Several on the tour 
will attend the Jerusalem Conference 
on Biblical Prophecy June 15-18. 

Dayton Christian School, operated 
by the Patterson Park church, and 
Christian High School, operated by the 
Dayton Christian Tabernacle, consoli- 
dated Feb. 25, and officially became 
Dayton Christian Schools, Inc. The 
new corporation is negotiating a land 
contract with Patterson Park for a 
campus. The corporation will be 
governed by a board of directors con- 
sisting of twelve men— four appointed 
by Patterson Park, four by Christian 
Tabernacle, and four at-large members. 



LONG BEACH, CALIF. At the 

March business meeting of the First 
Brethren Church, the congregation 
voted to call Rev. Harold Dunning as 
Minister of Adults and Kent Lueb as 
Minister of Education. David Hocking, 
pastor. 



TOUR TO 
MEXICO OFFERED 

Visit Mexico City and see mis- 
sions at work as well as many 
historical points of interest. This is 
the opportunity that will be avail- 
able on August 14, following 
national conference. The eight-day 
trip will be directed by Charles W. 
Turner, general manager of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co., 
and Ralph Colburn, chairman of 
the board of trustees. Departure for 
those who attend national confer- 
ence will be from Chicago. For 
those on the west coast who are not 
able to attend conference, but 
would still like to join the tour, de- 
parture will be from Los Angeles 
and the two groups will meet in 
Mexico City. If you desire informa- 
tion you may write to either the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co., 
Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; 
or Rev. Ralph Colburn, 3490 La 
Jara St., Long Beach, Calif. 90805. 



NEW HOLLAND, PA. Using their 
own bad experiences with drugs as 
authority, members of a group called 
Teen Challenge are engaged in a minis- 
try of keeping other young people 
from getting hooked. These young 
people are part of the relatively small 
minority in the United States who 
have overcome narcotic addiction. 
Several members of TC were present 
for the evening service Apr. 4. One 
team member spoke and the film 
Youth in a Fix was shown. It was a 
Christ-centered and informative 
evening. Kenneth Russell, pastor. 

CHANGES. Please make the follow- 
ing address changes in your Annual. 
Rev. and Mrs. Dale Brock, 291 W. Dale 
St., Beaumont, Calif. 92223. Rev. and 
Mrs. Robert Crees, R.R. 7, Box 252, 
Goshen, Ind. 46526. Rev. and Mrs. 
Solon Hoyt, Estanislao del Campo 
1377, Villa Sarmiento-Haedo, 
F.C.D.F.S., Argentina, S.A. The 
Patterson Park Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, has a new phone num- 
ber, 513-298-0155. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. "The Under- 
ground Church" was a topic of special 
interest at the Woodville Grace 
Brethren Church Apr. 4. Mrs. Margaret 
Bash, who has been behind the iron 
curtain and worked with the under- 
ground church groups, was the special 
speaker. In the evening service, she 
gave her personal testimony and 
showed slides of her work. Robert 
Kern, pastor. 

BEAVERTON, OREG. The ordi- 
nation service for Pastor Leonard 
Myers was held Apr. 13. Pastor 
William Schaffer, Grace Brethren 
Church, Portland, Oreg., was the 
speaker. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Oiurch 



Accident, Md. 
Minerva, Ohio 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) 
Defiance, Ohio 
Canton, Ohio 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 



Date 

May 3-16 
May 16-21 

May 16-21 
May 18-23 
May 23-28 



Pastor 

Robert Clinton 
Dennis Beach 

Henry Radford 
John McKay 
James Kennedy 



May 23-30 Robert Combs 



Speaker 

Fred Walter 
Nathan Meyer 

Allen Herr 

Fred Ritchardson 

Nathan Meyer 

Allen Herr 



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NOTICE. Churches in need of new 
hymnals are invited to consider pur- 
chasing them from the Brethren 
Missionary Herald. Samples of 
hymnals are available for examination, 
and will be sent postpaid to churches. 
Special payment terms are offered for 
groups such as: Sunday-school classes, 
men's, women's or youth organ- 
izations who may wish to purchase 
hymnals as a project. Write for com- 
plete information to Charles Koontz, 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

QUITO, ECUADOR. HCJB-TV, the 

only missionary television station in 
the world, recently acquired its first 
Ampex video-tape recorder. This year 
marks the 40th anniversary of the 
World Radio Missionary Fellowship 
and the 10th anniversary of its tele- 
vision ministry. With a staff of 200 
missionaries in addition to national 
workers, the WRMF provides a most 
versatile source of gospel programming 
in Spanish. 

As a direct result of missionary 
television— which is admittedly an ex- 
pensive but highly effective and per- 
sonal medium— a new church of some 
250 has been established in Quito. 
Many from all social classes are being 
reached. With its varied nightly pro- 
grams, HCJB-TV is a welcome guest in 
many homes in the Inter-Andean 
Valley. 




Poster contest winners with their finished products are: (I to r) Robert Burton, first place; 
Lynnette and Janet Lackey, second place; Becky Sloane, third place. 

ROANOKE, VA. Missionary conference time provided an opportunity to in- 
volve children's church and the senior teens in a poster contest at the Washington 
Heights church. In an effort to inform more people of the foreign fields, the 
posters represented each of the fields in which the Brethren Church is involved. 
First place in the contest went to Robert Burton with a poster on Hawaii. 
Lynnette and Janet Lackey placed second with a poster on Brazil. A poster on 
Argentina captured third place for Becky Sloane and Debbie Sweeney. Dayton 
Cundiff, pastor. 



WHITTIER, CALIF. It was off to 
Tijuana, Mex., for many of the high 
school students of the First Brethren 
Church who attended the Inter- 
national Christian Youth Festival Apr. 
4-6. Used clothing was collected at the 
church and distributed in Tijuana. 
Jesse B. Deloe, pastor. 



THE TIME IS FAST APPROACHING! 

There will be a new plan for Sunday-school quarters in the fall of 1971. 
The fall quarter will begin with the first Sunday of September instead of 
the first Sunday of October. 

The next quarter will be a "short one", consisting of the months of July 
and August. 

Churches using Brethren adult materials, Gospel Light and Union 
Gospel Press curriculum will need to adapt the lesson schedule for the 
two-month period of July and August, inasmuch as material will be 
supplied for 13 Sundays. Scripture Press plans to publish special materials 
for the two-month period. 

Materials for July and August should be ordered by May 10. For the 
September quarter, you will want to order your needs by July 10 to assure 
having your supplies by the first Sunday of September. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald is at your service-for all of your 
Sunday-school needs! Phone or write Mrs. Joyce Durkee for any needed 
information, particularly during the next few months of transition in the 
Sunday-school year. If you phone, the number to call is 219-267-7158. 
Mail may be addressed to Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



STOYSTOWN, PA. The highest 
Sunday-school attendance ever at- 
tained was recorded at the Reading 
Brethren Church Mar. 14 with 98 in 
attendance. Arthur F. Collins, pastor. 

Wedding Ve/h 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to those 
whose addresses are supplied by the of- 
ficiating minister. 

Abbie Malles and John Pepple, Feb. 
27, Grace Brethren Church, Lancaster, 
Pa. 

Grace Keifman and Sheldon Snyder, 
Mar. 6, Grace Brethren Church, Hope- 
well, Pa. The ceremony was performed 
by Rev. John Rabenstein, dean of the 
Altoona Bible Institute. Rev. Sheldon 
Snyder is pastor of the Brethren 
church at Hopewell. 

The following weddings were solem- 
nized at the First Brethren Church of 
Long Beach, Calif. -Cheryl Carter and 
Kenneth Hoffman, Jan. 30. Reva 
Hazelton and Rev. Albert Flory, Feb. 
14. Lorraine House and Craig Sey- 
mour, Feb. 19. Kathy Nelson and 
William Matthews, Mar. 12. Lyn Gau- 
dino and Robert Williams, Mar. 27. 
Bonnie Tucker and John Kulp, Apr. 2. 
Darlene Neilsen and Wesley Goble, 
Apr. 3. 



May 1, 1971 



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In Mi 



emory 



Death notices appearing in this column must 
be submitted in writing by a pastor. 



CLAPPER, Marion, a member of 
the First Brethren Church, Martins- 
burg, Pa., for 27 years, passed away 
Mar. 17. William H. Snell, pastor. 

CONNELL, George, 80, went to be 
with the Lord on Nov. 22, 1970. He 
was a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, Calif. David 
Hocking, pastor. 

CRAGHEAD, Jesse J., passed away 
Feb. 4. He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Covington, Va., for 
38 years. W. Carl Miller, pastor. 

FLINT, Harvey, a member of the 
First Brethren Church of Long Beach, 
Calif., since 1963, departed this life 
Oct. 17, 1970. He had been a great 
help in the bus ministry as well as 
having a keen interest in the Brethren 
Schools. David Hocking, pastor. 

GOBLE, Susan Marie, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goble, lived only 
a few days. Graveside services were 
held on Jan. 5, 1971. David Hocking, 
pastor. 



KLING, Thomas, passed away Mar. 
25. He taught the Men's Bible class at 
the First Brethren Church, Martins- 
burg, Pa., for several years. William H. 
Snell, pastor. 

OYLER, John, a faithful member of 
the First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, Calif., departed this life to be 
with the Lord on Nov. 29, 1970. Mr. 
Oyler worked with the local missions 
and jails, bearing testimony to many. 
David Hocking, pastor. 

SHARPE, James LeRoy, 63, passed 
away Mar. 3. He was a charter member 
of the Grace Brethren Church of Mab- 
ton, Wash. Howard Snively, pastor. 

SIMMONS, Charles L., 85, a charter 
member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Covington, Va., died Mar. 15. 
He was the father of Rev. Phillip J. 
Simmons, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Kent, Wash. W. 
Carl Miller, pastor. 

VOORHEES, Edward, father of our 
recently returned missionary from 
Africa, passed away on Dec. 25, 1970. 
He had been a faithful member of the 
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., for many years. David Hocking, 
pastor. 



Progress Report on the 
Brethren Retirement Home 

Our national conference voted last 
August to establish a Brethren Retire- 
ment Home at Winona Lake, Indiana. 
The board of trustees of the home 
has been moving ahead to see the 
plans become reality. Construction on 
the retirement home complex, ap- 
propriately named Grace Village, will 
possibly begin during the next year. 
Building contractors are being con- 
sulted and Ralph Hall, Brethren Archi- 
tectural Service Director, is making 
his experience available. Mr. Hall also 
serves as a member of the retirement 
home board. The results of these 
studies will determine the type of con- 
struction. 

A contract for the purchase of land 
was signed by the executives of the 
board on April 12. The fifteen-acre 
site is located in Lamp Post Manor 
Estates in a setting of wooded lots and 
new homes, many of which are owned 
by Brethren families. The area is east 
of the Grace Schools campus. 

The great need of the moment is for 
some indication of interest on the part 
of Brethren people. If you or anyone 
in your acquaintance would like to 
know more about Grace Village, you 
are urged to write to Brethren Retire- 
ment Home Board, P. O. Box 386, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 




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By Althea S. Miller 



L l/matik 



A pioneer project in small prayer 
groups under the general title "The 
Pittsburgh Experiment" recently dis- 
played a thought-provoking slogan: 
''Get Changed . . . Get To- 
gether . . . Get Going." Although she 
may not be aware of it, the life of the 
versatile woman revolves around these 
concepts. 

Versatility is a much misunderstood 
quality, perhaps because it is equated 
with its variant, capricious. If I were 
asked to give a definition of versatility 
within the context of this article, I 
would suggest that it is the ability to 
meet and cope with the unexpected, 
successfully resolving any dilemmas. 
Capaciousness has no place here, but 
change does. 

Change for the sake of change does 
not indicate creative versatility. 
Change for the sake of improvement, 
of greater understanding, for a selfless 
outreach, to step up momentum, for a 
fuller application of spiritual values— 
these are creative versatility in action. 
The only trouble is that these are 
easier written or spoken than achieved. 

Mankind is essentially afraid of 
change, probably because it jolts him 
out of his comfortable rut. Change 
often requires rethinking, reevaluating, 
recharging and redoing many facets of 
life which have developed an "old 
shoe" syndrome. In essence, we an- 
swer the challenge to change by say- 
ing, "Get lost. I'm comfortable in my 



rut and feel about as secure as any- 
body can in this changing world." If 
that's the only kind of security you 
want, you can have it. But there are 
other and better worlds of security to 
conquer. Too bad you're not inter- 
ested. 

In any changes, the versatile woman 
doesn't throw out basic values af- 
fecting the spirit. Indeed, versatility re- 
volves around and is expressed within 
the context of a set of values. Versa- 
tility and values must remain in har- 
monious relationship if the Christian 
woman is to be creative. True versa- 
tility is founded on the absolutes of 
our living God and His changless Word. 

Perhaps we need reminding that 
"Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, 
and to day, and for ever" (Heb. 13:8); 
that "Heaven and earth shall pass 
away, but my words shall not pass 
away" (Matt. 24:35). We don't amend 
God's mind or plans when we pray for 
certain changes in life's situations. He 
changes us according to our faith and 
yieldedness to His will. How beautiful 
life becomes, how great are the vic- 
tories when we volunteer to let Him 
make us versatile by His directive 
changes in us! 

You have a choice. Is it Women's 
Lib or the Spirit's Lib you want to 
affect creative changes in you and 
your world? "Get Changed"-by God! 

Versatility is achieved not alone by 
overt action, but in the bending of the 
mind and will to the living God who 
holds the reins of the universe in His 
steady hands. Cast iron can stand a 
good deal of strain up to a certain 
point. After that, it snaps. Steel bends 



enough to keep from snapping, hence" 
can stand far greater strain than iron. 
Which leads to the truth that flex- 
ibility is a vital part of versatility. 

There's an inevitable ebb and flow 
to life which must be faced with an 
equanimity born of faith in our Lord 
who reminds us that ". . . all things 
work together for good to them that 
love God, to them who are the called 
according to his purpose" (Rom. 
8:28). There will be no snapping of 
the spirit and mind when this truth 
penetrates the whole being, for it is 
the key to flexibility. You will remem- 
ber as the exigencies and vicissitudes 
of life batter your craft, your Father 
has set boundaries, beyond which the 
storm cannot go. Flexibility of spirit 
and mind will release you for a crea- 
tively versatile life. "Get Together"- 
with God! 

A strong sense of expectation in 
what God can and will do is inherent 
in versatility. Elijah the prophet is a 
case in point here. Hated by Ahab and 
hunted by Jezebel, God's warrior hid 
himself in a cave on Horeb and became 
immersed in self-pity. When God ques- 
tioned his hiding in that cave Elijah 
launched into a story of "martyrdom" 
equal to some of ours. "I'm the only 
one left to serve You, and now they 
are attempting to kill me. Somehow, 
God, You seem to be forgetting how 
important I am to the work of calling 
Israel back to You" was the essence of 
Elijah's complaint. He had not yet 
learned that God's work neither stood 
nor fell on his performance. 

Reread the story of the storm God 
used to capture the awed attention of 
His servant. Feel the wind that raked 
the earth, throwing around rocks as if 
they were mere baseballs. Tremble as 
the earthquake broke up what the 
wind missed. Cringe at the searing heat 
of the fire that finished the destruc- 
tion. In none of these acts of nature- 
gone-mad could God be found. He is 
not the author of chaos, confusion or 
destruction. But by now the expectant 
Elijah was ready to hear and obey "a 
still small voice" (I Kings 19:9-18). 

Oh Elijah, and dear bewildered, 
frightened, "jealous for the Lord God 
of hosts" 20th century Creative Chris- 
tian Woman, why don't you let God 
make you versatile in expectation of 
His great power and might operating 
through you? "Get Going"-with God! 



May 1, 1971 



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A Survey 

of Israel's History 

Leon Wood (Grand Rapids: Zon- 
dervan Pub. House, 1970), 444 pages, 
$6.95. 

It is indeed refreshing to find a 
history of Israel that takes full account 
of details, problems, and contempo- 
rary literature and still holds true to 
the Biblical text. For example, the 
author accepts the 1446 B.C. date of 
the Exodus which some evangelical 
Christian writers have abandoned, and 
marshals the latest arguments in sup- 
port of this position. While not dis- 
counting the importance of provi- 
dential use of natural processes, he 
gives full credence to God's super- 
natural acts, such as the destruction of 
Sodom and Gomorrah and the crossing 
of the Red Sea. 

The volume is attractively printed 
and well illustrated with maps and 
chronological charts. It will doubtless 
find wide usefulness in Bible colleges 
and seminaries in the western world 
and will likewise prove to be an excel- 
lent addition to the library of any 
pastor or Christian worker who wants 
to understand more thoroughly the 
great work of God in preparing the 
nation of Israel for her destiny as His 
channel of blessing to the entire world 
(Gen. 12:3).- John C. Whitcomb, Jr., 
Grace Tfieological Seminar}' 

Successful 
Church Libraries 

Towns and Barber (Grand Rapids: 
Baker Book House, 1971), 103 pages, 
$1.95. 

Here is a fine manual for the church 
that desires to start a library or who 
finds themselves with a struggling one. 
The book starts with the basics of ap- 
pointing a librarian, the quarters in the 
church for location of the library, how 
to finance the library, and rules 
governing the use of it. Two chapters 
are devoted to the selection of books 
to be included. The first list covers the 
basic collection of general works, Bible 
helps, Bible doctrine, devotional 
books, church history, children's 
books, biographies. The second list of 
selections has one hundred paperbacks 
covering a wide range of Christian 
writings. 



The final part of the book tells you 
how to prepare and classify the vol- 
umes in the church library with a 
Dewey Decimal System.— CWT 

What About Horoscopes? 

Joseph Bayly (Elgin, III: David C. 
Cook Pub. Co.), 95 pages, paper, $.95. 

It is penned by Joseph Bayly, best 
known for his Gospel Blimp, which is 
an incisive analysis of contemporary 
American church-life. 

In this paperback, the writer treats 
subjects like astrology, seances, medi- 
ums, extrasensory perception, and at 
the same time gives new insights into 
the lives of people associated with the 
unseen world; persons such as Jeane 
Dixon, and the late Bishop Pike. 

Interesting features are a "glossary 
of the occult" and a list of "books for 
more reading." 

The price is reasonable: 95c (a 
penny a page), and the reading time is 
reasonable, too (one evening).— Pastor 
Wesley Haller 



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KING JAMES I 

Best Known Name in Bibles 




King James' Coat of Arms 

THE KING JAMES VERSION OF 
THE BIBLE IS A MASTERPIECE 
OF EMGLISH LITERATURE. 
ITS RH YTHN\ I C BEAUTY WILL 
PROBABLY NEVER BE SUR- 
PASSED BY ANY OTHER 
VERSION . 



. . . BUT HE DID NOT WRITE 
THE MA/G JAMES VERSION 

HE APPOINTED 54 BIBLE EXPERTS 
TO MAKE A NEW TRANSLATION 
OF THE SCRIPTURES IN THE ENG- 
LISH LANGUAGE. 

COR 7 YEARS THESE MEN WORKED 

r FAITHFULLY, TRANSLATING GOD'S 
WORD FROM GREEK AND HEBREW 
MANUSCRIPTS INTO ENGLISH. 

IN 1611 THE TASK WAS FINISHED. 

■ THE KIN6 WAS PLEASED WITH 
THE NEW BIBLE, AND COMMANDED 
ALL THE CHURCHES OF ENGLAND TO 
USE IT IN THEIR SERVICES. IT IS OFTEN 
CALLED THE AUTHORIZED VERS t ON 
AND HAS BEEN THE FAVORITE OF PROT 
ESTANT BIBLE READERS EVER SINCE. 

JAMES I WAS THE KING OF ENGLAND WHO SENT THE MAYFLOWER 
TO AMERICA. HIS FAMOUS BIBLE IS ABOUT NINE YEARS OLPER 
THAN THE FIRST AMERICAN COLONIES. //i/^iR w- 




We 



'e're committing spiritual 
suicide in our churches today. We are 
insisting that our pastors go at a killing 
pace, but we're the ones who are dy- 
ing. 

We demand that our man be a 
charming pulpiteer with a pastor's 
heart and a great willingness to listen 
to us and our problems. 

We want him to go house to house 
visiting our sick, shepherding the flock 
and encouraging visitors to join our 
church. 

He must be a real leader who can 
organize and administer church busi- 
ness. He must be a soul winner who 
can show us how to win souls. He 
must be able to work closely with all 
young people. 

He must be the taxi driver when we 
have errands and no other way to get 
there. He must be the church cus- 
todian and maintenance man, the car- 
penter, the plumber, the raker of 
leaves. 

And he must make sure that all the 
widows are fed. 

Were the situation to arise today 
that faced Peter and the apostles in 
Acts 6 when the Hellenists claimed 
their widows were being neglected, we 
would have our Peter dig into that 
problem, going from house to house, 
ferreting out the information and 
doing the whole job. 

Then he would tell us in the Sun- 
day service, "I apologize this morning 
that I can't really feed you. I haven't 
had time to prepare for you. I'll tell 
you what I have been doing. Some of 
our widows down here were going 
hungry and I went and found out the 
source of that problem and now those 
people are eating again. 

"And surely you people will forgive 
me for not having anything to give you 
this morning because, after all, I've 
been meeting the need of these wid- 
ows." 

And what do we do in our senti- 
mentalism? We fall back and say, 
"Isn't that nice? Isn't that kind of the 
pastor to do that?" 

No! I say it was cruel of the pastor 
to do that. On the basis of Acts 6:2 
("Then the twelve called the multitude 
of the disciples unto them, and said. It 
is not reason that we should leave the 
word of God, and serve tables"), I say 
the pastor was cruel to spiritually 
starve his people that Sunday. Some- 
body else should have met the needof 



those widows. 

It is heartless of any congregation 
to ask a pastor— the shepherd of the 
flock— to run around like that. Perhaps 
many of us are frustrated and essen- 
tially weak because we keep the pastor 
too busy to feed us a proper spiritual 
diet, and we are too weak from starva- 
tion to lighten his load. 

We are stupid to think we can hire a 
professional spiritual exerciser who 
will wear out his shoe leather for us 
running from door to door winning all 
the souls to Christ and desperately 
trying to change their diapers and feed 
them bottles. 

Unless we evangelical church mem- 
bers in America wake up to what we 
are doing to ourselves today by trying 
to make a professional clergyman do 
what God intended us to do, we'll die 
and we'll die on the vine. 

God never intended that the pastor 
of the church be a professional exer- 
ciser. He has a professional responsi- 
bility to be a saint-builder and a per- 
sonal responsibility to be a saint- 
producer. He is to give himself, after 
the example of Peter and the apostles 
in Acts 6, to prayer and the ministry 
of the Word. 

No profession in the world makes 
greater demands on a man today than 
the Christian ministry. The spiritual 
needs and moral problems with which 
he must deal are as wide and deep as 
life itself. And though he may recog- 
nize his basic calling to preach the 
Word, he finds himself enmeshed in 
such a multiplicity of jobs that he just 
doesn't have time as he would like to 
prepare food for the sheep. 

Even though he may have vowed 



that it would never happen to him, the 
pastor finds that slowly, subtly, almost 
imperceptibly at times, he has been 
trapped in the jack-of-all trades 
syndrome. He has forgotten his job of 
bringing saints to maturity in Christ. 
He is suffering from what someone has 
called, "vocational amnesia." 

Peter said, "Now it is not pleasing 
to God that we should leave the 
preaching of the Word and prayer to 
do this business." It doesn't please 
God. 

I suppose the pastor often tends to 
feel sorry for himself. He has so much 
business to do and he can't possibly do 
it all. His problem essentially is that he 
has failed to recognize the priority 
God has given him. He is spiritually, 
educationally and emotionally 
equipped to do something in his 
church that no one else is equipped to 
do. 

He may say, "Well, I'm nobody 
special. I'm just one of the guys. I just 
pitch in and do the work along with 
the rest of them. And whatever there 
is to do, I do that." 

At this point I question one of two 
things. Either he does not understand 
what a pastor is, or he should not be a 
pastor. Identified with the group he 
loses his own identity. 

Old Testament Levites were sepa- 
rated from the people to do the minis- 
terial work of the tabernacle. They 
were not at all like the rest of the 
Israelites. They were a specially se- 
lected group of people, chosen to do a 
special work. 

Numbers 18:6 spells this out. "And 
I, behold, I have taken your brethren 
the Levites from among the children 



The Jack-of-all -Trades 
Syndrome 



By Dr. Earl D. Radmacher 

President, Western Baptist Seminary 




Are we paying our pastors to do everything 
except what they have been called to do? 




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of Israel: to you they are given as a 
gift for the Lord, to do the service of 
the tabernacle of the congregation." 

They did not go out and pull tent 
pegs up when the tabernacle was 
moved in the wilderness. The Kohath- 
ites did that. The Levites did the job 
they were called to do. They were 
specially called men for a specially 
called job for which they were special- 
ly prepared. 

A prominent preacher in the North- 
west has carefully avoided this jack- 
of-all-trades syndrome. He is a man of 
the Book and his preaching has 
brought many to maturity in Christ. 
His secret? He spends all day Saturday 
making final preparation for Sunday's 
ministry. Even though he is going to 
preach a passage he has preached prob- 
ably a hundred times before, he feels it 
necessary to study and to pray. He 
prays three hours just in preparation 
for that morning's message. 

This, unfortunately, is too often 
the exception today. Part of the 
reason is that thoughtless but well- 
meaning congregations refuse to let 
the pastor sit and meditate in his 
office. They find him with his feet on 
his desk and with his eyes half-closed 
and they say, "Don't you have any- 
thing to do?" They would rather have 
his feet active for them than his head 
and heart. 

It is interesting that the Greek word 
for "scholar," which comes from the 
word scholeo, has the idea of the word 
"leisureliness." Do we ask ourselves 
why we don't have scholars today? 
Maybe it is because we don't let our 
pastor take time to be leisurely in the 
Word of God and to let God really 
speak. 

The man who is not taking time to 
listen to God's Word usually ends up 
preaching his own thoughts with a 
Biblical text for a jumping-off place, 
and in so doing he says, "I am preach- 
ing the Bible." 

But he really isn't preaching the 
Bible. He hasn't taken time to see 
what the thinking of the Bible really 
is. He is preaching his own thoughts, 
which is all he has had time to gather 
up as he runs around from day to day 
during the week. But he is not preach- 
ing the Bible if he has not taken time 
to sit down for a fresh look to see 
what the Bible says. 

The abiding principles of Acts 6: 1-7 
should serve as a welcome signpost to 
today's pastor, pointing the way out 



of the jack-of-all-trades syndrome. 

Like the early apostles, he must 
first recognize the problem of his 
people. He dare not yield to the temp- 
tation to blame them and whip them 
for his dilemma. He may have too 
many jobs, but he is the leader and he 
is responsible for initiating action to 
solve the problem. 

Like the early apostles, he will need 
to recognize the priorities of the minis- 
try. First and most important he is a 
preacher, a man of the Word, and for 
this there is no substitute for hours 
spent in the study. 

Having recognized this priority of 
preaching, today's pastor must recog- 
nize God's provision for getting all the 
other duties done that now consume 
his time. God's design is not to con- 
sider these duties unimportant or leave 
them undone. His design is for the per- 
son or persons in the congregation 
specifically gifted by Him to do the 
job. 

Here is an area where many clergy- 
men are guilty by default. They have 
not expounded the Biblical teaching of 
spiritual gifts. I believe that this lack 
of teaching has been largely responsi- 
ble for many laymen's sense of worth- 
lessness. 

Paul proposes in I Corinthians 
12:27-31 that the church functions 
properly only when each member is 
exercising his gift. But most Christians 
today don't even realize they have 
gifts nor do they know what the many 
gifts are. 

At this point pastors really can help 
themselves out of their jack-of-all 
-trades dilemma. Every pastor ought to 
have a goal of helping each member to 
identify his gift, and then to find the 
place where his gift fits into the total 
work of the church. 

It is a rare pastor who has preached 
a series of messages covering each of 
the spiritual gifts. I ask pastors I meet, 
"Why don't you take fifteen weeks 
and preach on one gift of the Spirit 
each week and then ask for decisions 
from your people?" 

Ask them, "What are your gifts? 
How are you using them?" And really 
dig in deep because, as I understand it, 
shaping up the saints in large part 
means enabling them to find out what 
their gift is and where they can use it. 

But most pastors do not have that 
kind of goal. Just listen to a pastor for 
a while. He isn't encouraging his 
people to find their gifts. He talks 



about whether he had any people 
come forward last Sunday for salva- 
tion or for baptism or for church 
membership. 

He is thinking only of the initial 
stage. He is not thinking of completing 
his work by developing sheep out of 
lambs. 

A minimal beginning in developing 
maturity among the Lord's people is 
to identify the sheep among the lambs. 
The pastor might give some kind of 
Bible knowledge inventory test to see 
how much knowledge of the Word 
each one has. 

We might give a kind of Kuder 
preference test to measure where each 
saint fits vocationally into the church 
work. Perhaps we could develop some 
similar instrument on the gifts of the 
Holy Spirit to help people recognize 
which gifts they have by their likes 
and dislikes, their talents and powers. 

Let's have a gift -consciousness com- 
mittee of church leaders who have the 
gift of discernment. They would ob- 
serve church members to discover 
what gifts the Holy Spirit has given to 
that congregation. 

This committee as a right arm to 
the pastor could help relocate a lot of 
misplaced saints— the ones who are 
teaching when they ought to be visit- 
ing or the visitation person who ought 
to be singing in the choir. 

So, essentially, the pastor-teacher's 
job is not to win all the souls to Christ 
and be universal handyman to the 
church. His job is to shape up the 
saints so that they can do the work of 
the ministry. 

The end result enables church life 
today to follow the lines laid down in 
Acts 6. Gifted men minister to the 
temporal needs of the church family, 
and the pastor dedicates himself to the 
ministry of the Word and prayer. 

Our pastor can help us find our gift. 
As we exercise it we share his load and 
he becomes increasingly able to 
nourish us spiritually and to really 
feed the flock of God. 

Do we want our churches to be 
vital today, full of healthy Christians 
who are living up to their spiritual 
capacity? Let us encourage our pastor 
to help us discover our spiritual gifts. 
Let us release our pastor from the 
tyranny of this jack-of-all trades 
syndrome! ^* 

Reprinted from Moody Monthly. Used by 
permission. Copyright 1971. Moody Bible 
Institute of Chicago. 



May 1, 1971 



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National News 




An urgent request for prayer has been received for Dr. and Mrs. Robert Boze whose 
home was completely destroyed by fire March 29. There were no personal injuries but the 
home was a total loss. The Boze family are faithful workers in the Bethel Brethren 
Church of Berne, Indiana, and Mrs. Boze is the national patroness of SMM. The family 
will be temporarily occupying the parsonage of the church at 417 W. Water St., Berne, 
Indiana 46711. 



Girls, remember the Home Interest Project of 1970? Well, we met our goal and 
were able to purchase the bass clarinet for the Grace College Music Department. 
They have been putting it to work this year in the College-Community Band 
concerts and according to rumors it has added much to the betterment of their 
performances. Mr. Jerry Franks, assistant professor of music at Grace, is very 
grateful for the efforts of the SMM girls in completing this goal and I'm sure he 
would appreciate any future contributions. 

Pictured with the instrument is Sharon Magill, a former student at Grace and 
the SMM national president. Sharon used to participate in the College-Community 
Band until going to Pennsylvania to continue her career in nursing. 



By the way, don't forget about this year's project! Isobel Fraser is in dire need of a car 
in order to continue the Jewish work in California, so keep giving! 



District News 



Northcentral Ohio District has been on the ball this year. For the fall rally there were 
1 26 girls and patronesses present. The idea of a mission fair was carried out in our spring 
rally. Nine foreign countries were represented by displays at various booths erected about 
the host church. The main emphasis was placed on the necessity of cooperation in making 
any missionary work successful. 

Northeastern Ohio District has enjoyed good attendance for the rallies with 130 
present at the fall rally. Some of the highlights of the rally were a teen choir which 
presented the special music and the speaker, Alberta Hawse, author of Vinegar Boy. The 
girls dressed to represent each character in the Bible that the speaker discussed-Miriam, 
Michal, Abigail, and Dinah. 

The project for this year is $200 for laboratory equipment for Grace College. 



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What a blessing it is for those who 
go to the foreign field to have the as- 
surance that "God is faithful." Though 
we as human beings may fail, God will 
not, He is faithful, and He has called 
us to be His laborers in the fellowship 
of love and in the fellowship of His 
Son. "Be . . . stedfast, unmoveable, al- 
ways abounding ... as ye know that 
your labour is not in vain in the Lord" 
(read I Cor. 15:58). 

We are admonished to be stedfast, 
firmly fixed, constant in our testi- 
mony for Him. This means we must be 
true in our personal fidelity or faith- 
fulness. His servant should be faithful 
in fulfilling the work he promises to 
do, whether it be teaching a Sunday- 
school class, a Bible study class, Daily 
Vacation Bible School, or helping with 
the music. God's chosen one should be 
dependable and one who will finish 
the tasks put before him. In a new 
work, the missionary has to do all the 
teaching until some are saved and then 
until they mature in the faith. How 
wonderful it is to see these grow in the 
Lord and take on their responsibilities. 

One of our first converts in Macapa, 
Brazil, was a little girl, Maria Lila, 
around eight years of age. She came 
faithfully to the services through the 
years taking part in the programs of 
the church. She wasn't always the 
leader or one who stood out in the 
young people's group. When she fell in 
love, she brought her boyfriend to 
church. They were married in the 
church. A son and daughter were born 
into the family. Now they are living in 
Belem helping in the Canudus church. 
The two children are also active in the 

May 1, 1971 



Living 
Abundantly 
in Service 



By Mrs. Eddie Miller 

Missionary to Brazil 



church. How we rejoice with this 
family and pray the Lord will continue 
to use them. 

We are to be immovable in our faith 
no matter what trials and oppositions 
need be faced. There are many ad- 
versaries in the Christian walk, but we 
are told to be loyal, to be faithful 
through it all. Satan often tempts one 
stationed in the interior away from 
Christian fellowship with loneliness or 
poor health due to the many parasites 
and infections. Such conditions might 
lead to discouragement. Discourage- 
ment which can cause promising ones 
to fall by the wayside. Yet the ever 
faithful One is with us and gives us the 
power to stand immovable and firm. 

Another child came into the church 
in Macapa about the same time as 
Maria Lila. Isabel was being cared for 
in the home of her Christian grand- 
parents. Isabel had outstanding talents 
and was always one of the leaders. She 
also taught in the Christian Day 

The Eddie Miller family 



School as did Maria Lila. When she fell 
in love, she wanted someone who was 
going somewhere in the world. She 
was studying and preparing herself for 
material gains. She was married in the 
Catholic Church and left the church of 
her grandparents. Pray with us that 
Isabel will come back to the Lord be- 
fore it is too late. 

How should we render service to 
the Lord? Always abounding! That is 
giving more than is expected with a 
cup full and running over. We should 
not withhold our service but be ready 
to go the last mile. Christ has given all 
for us and we should give readily of 
ourselves. 

The Brasilian people enjoy visiting 
and do not mind long services. Many 
times at the end of a service when the 
missionary is tired and anxious to go 
home to relax the people may long for 
a little more fellowship— just talking, 
or perhaps learning a new chorus. A 
great blessing is received in remaining a 
little longer to fellowship with these 
loved ones in the Lord. 

"Your labour is not in vain in the 
Lord." No matter how much has to be 
given, no matter how many sacrifices 
have to be made, the reward will come 
at the end of the race. There is no 
doubt in the born-again Christian's 
mind. "It doth not yet appear what we 
shall be: but we know that when he 
shall appear, we shall be like him; for 
we shall see him as he is" (read I John 
3:2). » 





News & Notes 

Fremont, Ohio (Senior WMC) 

How grateful and thankful we are 
to Him who had made it possible for 
us to enjoy fellowship as we work to- 
gether in our local WMC. We have en- 
joyed an exciting and wonderful year. 
Recently we have seen new Christians 
added to our roll. We enjoy them so 
much. It seems they bring us more 
spiritual blessings than we can give to 
them. 

One of the things our WMC accom- 
plished in the last year was partial sup- 
port of Sam, our Navajo boy at the 
boarding school. We also supported all 
national and district offerings. Locally, 
we completely redecorated the ladies 
lounge, bought a new rug for the fel- 
lowship hall, and took care of our obli- 
gations to our SMM girls by buying 
charms and bracelets. A surprise re- 
ception for Earl Summers, our minis- 
ter of youth, was planned and carried 
out by our three councils. Pen Pointers 
were used and a quiz at each meeting. 

Homerville, Ohio 

The WMC of the West Homer 
Brethren Church has had a busy year 
thus far. The missionary chest is kept 
well supplied with a variety of gifts. At 



Christmas we packed fourteen boxes 
of goodies and two boxes of fruit for 
college students, servicemen and shut- 
ins. We also sent two boxes of gifts for 
the Navajo Mission School. We are 
tying baby quilts and single bed quilts 
for the Navajos. Our projects for this 
year are the Argentina Bible Institute 
Book Fund and transparencies for an 
overhead projector for the Christian 
Education Department. Several of our 
ladies are patronesses for SMM and we 
are helping them financially when 
necessary. We pray that as the year 
progresses we might accomplish much 
for the Lord. 

Counselor, N. Mex. 

We are rejoicing in the Lord and the 
abundant life He gives, and especially 
are we benefiting from the Bible 
studies this year. 

At our meetings we have been 
taking time to write letters to Lois 
Wilson who is in language school in 
France and to Elaine Marpel who is on 
a year's leave of absence as she ac- 
quires her Master's Degree in Edu- 
cation at New Mexico State University 
in Las Cruces. Both were in our group 
last year. 

We packed boxes of goodies to send 
to nineteen students who have gradu- 
ated from our mission school and are 
attending high school or college some- 
where. We've done this for several 
years and each time the number grows. 
As our young people go on to school 
we want to encourage them. In times 
past very few went beyond eighth 
grade. We praise God for each one and 
pray that they will let Him use them in 
His service. -Norma Lathrop 

Grandview, Wash. 

A new idea has been tried at our 
local WMC to encourage new people 
and our regular members to come to 
our meetings. We have a basket of gifts 
and the one who brings the most 
visitors gets to choose a gift from the 
basket. A person is a visitor if they 
haven't been to WMC for three meet- 
ings. This idea has helped get ladies 
out to enjoy our Bible lesson which is 
presented by Lois Akers. The Lord is 
really using Lois and the Bible lessons 



JUST REMEMBER! This is the last month for the foreign mis- 
sion offering. This money will be given to supply Bible Com- 
mentaries for Africa (in Sango)— Goal $4,500. 



have been truly challenging to all of 
us.— Ruth Harris 

Leesburg, Ind. 

A Retired Missionary Sunday was 
recently sponsored by our WMC. Dr. 
Orville Jobson delivered the morning 
message. After the worship service a 
carry-in dinner was enjoyed by all. The 
following missionaries were present 
and gave their testimonies: Florence 
Bickel, Grace Byron, Elizabeth Tyson 
and Charlotte Jobson. A love gift was 
presented to each of them. 

Telford, Pa. 

Our project chairman built an at- 
tractive model Indian village for us 
with buildings portraying the Navajo 
Mission. She used copper tubing laid 
to simulate the water line which will 
have to be made for the Navajo Mis- 
sion water system. (This display was 
used to illustrate the national project 
for our Indian Mission.) 

The WMC had paid for books, the 
pennants, and some felt for turtle 
pillows that the SMM girls made for 
the Navajo Mission children. Each 
SMM girl has been given a "Pal" 
chosen from the WMC ladies who will 
take a special interest in her. 

Prayer has been emphasized in our 
council by using various methods: 
Several groups participate in conver- 
sational prayer each month, and there 
are also those who pray two by two. 

WMC OFFICIARY 

President-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Ran- 
dall Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035 
First Vice President (Proj. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Ralph Hall, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Second Vice President (Prog. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Phillip Simmons, 10600 S. E. 226th St., 

Kent, Wash. 98031 
Recording Secretary-Mrs. Gerald Kelley, 

Box 67, New Troy, Mich. 491 19 
Assistant Recording Secretary-Mrs. Dan 

Pacheco, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Robert 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, Ind. 46590 
Assistant to the Financial Sccretary-Treasur- 

er-Mrs. Donald Sellers, Hi-Vu Mobile 

Court-Lot 36, Lexington, Ohio 44904 
Literature Secretary -Mrs. Charles Koontz, 

R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chairman -Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 

604 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, Route 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 46711 
Assistant SMM Patroness— Mrs. Gerald 

Franks, 1513 Greenhill Dr., Warsaw, Ind. 

46580 



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Abundance or Want? 



By Mrs. Beth Homey 

Pastor's Wife 



"Eat your vegetables, honey, 
they're good for you!" How many of 
us as mothers have said something like 
this to our child, not once but many 
times? We want so much for our child 
to be healthy and strong, and not 
wanting in vitamins or minerals. 

And what if our child rebels? Do 
we not find some method of encourag- 
ing him, enticing him, or downright 
demanding that he eat properly? 
Would we even think of saying weakly, 
"Well, I told him, and if he doesn't 
eat, it will be his own fault"? How 
much responsibility is ours? How 
much should we try? 

Today we read the facts that some 
ten million American people go to bed 
hungry each night, and tens of millions 



more suffer from a more subtle form 
of malnutrition— they eat the wrong 
kinds of food. Is that not shocking in 
our land of plenty? However shocked 
we may be, it is even more shocking to 
see the spiritual malnutrition of the 
average Christian today. We live in a 
land where spiritual food is abundant. 
We have plenty of Bibles, Christian 
radio and TV programs, churches in 
every town. And yet, I dare say there 
are those of us that are spiritually mal- 
nourished amidst this abundance. 

Do we not "go to bed hungry" 
when we fail to feed on the Word 
daily? Do we not "suffer from a more 
subtle form of malnutrition" when we 
feast on the wrong kind of spiritual 
food— the good things which edge out 



the spiritually essential? How involved 
do we get in our earthly lives? That 
job we have. The kids. The housework. 
Even our physical well-being. Do we 
really have to let our job limit our 
time for God? Is it necessary that the 
children have everything, and go all 
the places, that all the kids do? And 
the house. Do we run it, or does it run 
us? As to our well-being, you know a 
head doesn't ache a bit more, or we 
aren't a bit more tired at church than 
at home. Really! And how many times 
we go home so refreshed from being 
with God and His people that the 
headache, or tiredness is forgotten. 
Let us take up the challenge of our 
lessons this year and determine to live 
abundantly. How much trouble is it 
worth? As much as trying to please 
our families with food and plenty of 
"things"? Is it worth as much as trying 
to have the comforts of modern life? 
Let's put value in the right perspective 
and let first things come first. Let's 
live the abundant life. # 



1ISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - JULY 1971 



AFRICA 

Mrs. Floyd W. Taber July 8 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Rev. David W. Shargel July 23 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Mission a N'Zoro, Bocaranga via Bangui, Central African 
Republic. 

Miss Margaret Hull July 27 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Miss Lois Ringler July 30 

Mission a N'Zoro, Bocaranga via Bangui, Central African 
Republic. 



ARGENTINA 

Daniel Miller July 1 , 1969 

Bartolome Mitre 2370, Jose Marmol, F.C.G.R., Pcia de 
Buenos Aires, A gentina, S.A. 

Sylvia Monica Fay July 20, 1953 

Avda. Buenos Aires 247, Ahnafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. 
Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 

Mrs. Solon W. Hoyt July 29 

Estanislao del Campo 1377, Villa Sarmiento-Haedo, 
F.C.D.F.S., Argentina, S.A. 



BRAZIL 

Mrs. Ralph Schwartz July 1 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Kenneth Paul Burk July 3, 1961 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Frederick John Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 



Rev. Earle C. Hodgdon July 18 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

George Allen Hodgdon July 26, 1961 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

FRANCE 

Rev. James R. Renick July 17 

Chateau de St. Albain, 71 - Lugny, France. 

MEXICO 

James Ernest Dowdy July 30, 1967 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924. 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Mrs. William L. Walker July 1 

1 N. Metzger Ave., Rittman, Ohio 44270. 

Miss Florence Bickel July 10 

105 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Dr. Orville D. Jobson July 1 1 

P.O. Box 420, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Dawn Marie Juday July 13, 1961 

c/o Mr. Rex Juday, Route 1, 35447 Ash Rd., Osceola, 
Indiana 46561. 

Rev. Donald G. Hocking July 15 

c/o J. D. Reeves, P.O. Box 674, Marathon, Florida 33050. 

Rev. Robert S. Williams July 15 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

James Kash McDairmant July 16, 1968 

c/o Thomas C. McDairmant, P.O. Box 3553, Long Beach, 
California 90803. 

James Randall Hocking July 20, 1954 

c/o J. D. Reeves, P.O. Box 674, Marathon, Florida 33050. 

Mrs. Orville D. Jobson July 21 

P.O. Box 420, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 



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To Mothers of 
Missionaries 



So send I you— to give your own with gladness. 
To let them go unhindered to the lost; 
To hide the tears and every trace of sadness; 
So send I you— to taste with Me the cost. 



So send I you— to anxious days of waiting 
For word that often leaves so much untold; 
To nights of burdened vigil una bating; 
So send I you— to watch the gap you hold. 



So send I you— to walk alone when aged, 
To need the strength of one you cannot call; 
To lean on Me and on the ones I bring you, 
So send I you— to find in Me your all. 



So send I you— to know the joy of serving. 
To share the triumphs of the one you send; 
To reap the fruit of sacrifice unswerving. 
So send I you— to joy without end. 
As the Father hath sent Me— So send I you. 

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Shovel Turned 4 

Visitation Is a Necessity! 7 

Never Again! 8 

Tears and Prayer in Taos 10 

Church News 13 

Current and Christian 16 

A Sad Commentary on Education 17 

Someday a Pastor's Wife 18 

Profitable Easter Vacations 20 

Maintenance Is Their Ministry 22 

Your Estate and Deferred Giving 24 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions- Rev. John Zielasko WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM— Miss Parn Walters 

Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer NFGBM-Mr. Phil Landrum 



May 15, 1971 

Volume 33, Number 10 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



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Thoughts on Perspective 

On a recent flight to the Northwest 
I sat back and enjoyed a look at 
"Mother Earth" from 35,000 feet. It 
looked good to me with all the farm 
lands of Iowa boxed in nice neat little 
parcels. The Rockies did not seem in- 
surmountable from up there, and even 
the recent rains in the state of Oregon 
did not appear to be out of control. 
On the return flight, a few days later, 
we descended through a late winter ice 
and snow storm into Chicago's O'Hare 
field and the whole thing did not look 
nearly so good to me. In one case I 
was above the problems and in the 
other I was in them. It had a great deal 
to do with position and perspective. 

I rather imagine that much of life is 
like that. Where our position is may 
have a great deal to do with the way 
we look at things. Have you listened to 
a friend tell with great dread of his 
fast-approaching visit to the dentist? 
You listened to him with limited 
patience and your sympathy was 
somewhat restricted. Then one day 
you became aware that it was time for 
your periodic checkup. Suddenly it 
was all very important and you wanted 
someone to whom you could tell your 
troubles. The difference now is that 
you are in that position yourself, and a 
visit to the dentist is a much bigger 
thing than it was when your friend was 
confronted with the problem. 

This should give us some insight 
into a spiritual application of sym- 
pathy and concern for others. If we 
could mentally occupy the position in 
which others live, our concern and 
sympathy might well be increased. 
What about the young child in the 
Sunday-school class to whom the 
whole world is just opening? Do you 



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attempt to treat him as a child and try 
to see the world as he sees it— or, as 
you see it? How do you react to the 
young person who for the first time 
begins to see for himself the responsi- 
bilities and problems of life, and acts 
as though he has discovered something 
that no one else has ever seen? Can 
you as an adult Christian, who dis- 
covered the same thing twenty years 
ago, somehow share it again with him? 
Talking about perspective— can you 
be concerned about the neighbor next 
door who is without God and has no 
concern for the spiritual? Do you re- 
member that once you wandered in 
spiritual blindness and thought only of 
the present time and material things? 
We often ask ourselves in our more 
pensive moments why others do not 
see things as we do. The answer is be- 
cause they are not where we are and 



position does affect perspective. If 
your perspective or outlook takes into 
account God and the Scriptures, re- 
member, it will be vastly different 
from the man who thinks only of the 
present. He needs to look at things as 
God sees them. 

To a man 35,000 feet in the air the 
world doesn't look too bad. The grime 
and pollution and problems seem like 
an eternity away. From God's position 
in the heavens He sees things as they 
really are— without distortion. It does 
make a difference who we are and 
where we are— these determine per- 
spective. If we could see things as 
others do and as God does, then we 
would probably be more concerned 
and sympathetic Christians. Remem- 
ber, our outlook in life toward others 
will be influenced by the measure with 
which we permit God to have control. 



May 15, 1971 




Stakes driven, lines measured . . 



Shovel Turned 



Construction begins on the Brethren Missions Building 

which will accommodate the ever-expanding programs 

of Brethren home and foreign missions. 



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"ne day ahead of the April showers a stake was driven into the 
ground. White lime chalked lines were measured to outline the 
dimension of the new Brethren Missions Building and March 3 1 , 
1 97 1 , was recorded as ground-breaking day. 

The staff members of The Brethren Home Missions Council and 
the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church along with 
several guests gathered at 1401 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana, as the first shovel was turned for construction of the proposed 
office complex. 



Rev. Lester E. Pifer, executive 
secretary of The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council introduced Rev. Richard 
DeArmey, pastor of the Bethel Breth- 
ren Church, Osceola, Indiana, as the 
guest speaker. These dramatic and 
climatic moments were captured by 
the tone and content of the message 
which follows in condensed form: 

"God spoke of the Temple that was 



built in Jerusalem as 'my house,' and 
although we cannot in any sense com- 
pare the Missions Building that will 
stand here to the Temple that was 
built in Jerusalem, we feel very defi- 
nitely that it will be God's house. The 
building that we trust will be built 
here, by the grace of God, will not be- 
come His upon completion, upon dedi- 
cation and occupancy— but the build- 



ing is already His. And then at the 
completion, at the dedication, we will 
simply pledge ourselves anew to use 
for God s glory that which He has 
given. 

"At this ground-breaking service we 
are simply acknowledging God's bless- 
ing and His provision up to this point. 
We seek wisdom and help from the 
Lord in all that lies before us as we 
look forward to the actual construc- 
tion. 

"Psalm 127 and verse one indicates 
that the Lord builds houses. The 
Psalmist said, 'Except the Lord build 
the house, they labour in vain that 
build it.' We might well ask, 'But how 
does the Lord build houses?' I went 
back to the Old Testament and read 
again about one of the buildings that 
the Lord built, the building we some- 



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times call the Tabernacle. We can learn 
a lot about building from reading there 
and I want to share with you just a 
few things here this afternoon. 

"The thought for such a building as 
this certainly began with the Lord. It 
was in the mind of the Lord before it 
was in the mind of man. Remember 
that was true also of the Tabernacle. 
God called Moses up on the mount 
and shared with him the thought or 
the idea or the vision that He had con- 
cerning the building of the Tabernacle. 
As we look about us we can see a num- 
ber of buildings that have been built. 
Buildings that we believe the Lord has 
built. These, too, involve vision that 
God gave to men and we believe that 
in this instance again that much of this 
was in the mind of God before it was 
in the mind of any man. 

"Not only did God share with 
Moses that day the vision and the 
thought for the building of the Taber- 
nacle, but He shared with him also the 
plan for it. Moses saw that day the pat- 
tern for the building of the Taber- 
nacle. We're sure that God has called 
into being what we call the Brethren 
Architectural Service. And here minds 
of men that are yielded to the Lord 
await to share His plans for a building. 
We are believing today that God has 
given wisdom to these men to prepare 
the plans even as wisdom was given in 
past ages. 

"We discover also that God pro- 



vided the means for the building of the 
Tabernacle. He told the people they 
could share in it by giving. And we 
find a most interesting statement made 
in the Book of Exodus where it says 



the stuff they had for all the work was 
sufficient, even too much. On that par- 
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people and restrain them in their 
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anything like that but we can say to- 
day that God has provided the means 
for this building. Had it not been for 
the Lord laying it upon the hearts of 
people to give of their material bless- 
ings, we would not be here for this 
occasion. 

"As we read the account of the 
Tabernacle we discover that God pro- 
vided the men to build it. They were 
men filled with the Spirit of God, in 
wisdom, in understanding, in knowl- 
edge and in all manner of workman- 
ship. God took men and imparted to 
them wisdom, knowledge, and skill 
and through this the Tabernacle was 
built. After all that God has provided 
we are trusting that the Missions 
Building will be a house of God in 
which He will be glorified as the work 
of missions is emphasized. 

"It is of the Lord that this project 
should be a joint venture of our Breth- 
ren Foreign Missions and Brethren 



Home Missions Boards because we are 
engaged in the same work. The world 
is the field, the field is the world, and 
we are charged with perhaps a little 
different responsibility as to area and 
emphasis, but it is all the Lord's work. 
And I'm sure that we are going to 
grow happily together in the house 
that God will build here. And we look 
forward to that day when we are going 
to gather again under God's blessing 
for the dedication and the occupancy 
of the building. What a day of re- 
joicing that will be! But looking al- 
ready at what God has provided by 
way of vision, by way of the plans, 
and the means, and the men to do the 
job— we can rejoice and praise God for 
His many blessings." 

The building, when completed, will 
house the Foreign Missionary Society 
of the Brethren Church and The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, Inc., with 
its three subsidiaries: the Brethren In- 




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vestment Foundation, the Brethren 
Architectural Service and the Brethren 
Construction Company. 

The edifice will be 122 feet wide 
and 140 feet long and will cost an 
estimated $300,000. It is located on 
three acres of property adjacent to the 
Grace Schools campus. Plans have 
been drawn by the Brethren Architec- 
tural Service-Ralph C. Hall, profes- 
sional engineer, and Ray Clouse, 
architect. Construction will be super- 
vised by the Brethren Construction 
Company, Donald Sellers, superin- 
tendent. It is estimated that com- 
pletion of the building will come in 
twelve months. 

The project is being built under the 
supervision of The Brethren Home 
Missions Council, Inc., and will be 
financed by specially designated an- 
nuity type investments. 

Rev. Lester E. Pifer, executive 
secretary of The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, directed the ground- 
breaking service. Rev. Richard De- 
Armey, vice president, was the speak- 
er. The following participated in the 
actual ground breaking: Rev. John 
Zielasko, foreign secretary of the 
Brethren Foreign Missionary Society; 
Kenneth Rucker, financial secretary of 
the Brethren Investment Foundation; 
Dr. Homer Kent, Jr., vice president of 
Grace Schools; Rev. Charles Turner, 
executive editor of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company; and Ralph 
C. Hall. m 



Executive secretary of The Brethren Home Missions Council, Rev. Lester E. Pifer (foreground) directed the service. Rev. Richard DeArmey 
(third from left) gave the message. 




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Our Lord's plan was 

nothing more than 

reaching the nearest 

person, winning him to 

Christ, then teaching 

him to do the same. 




VISITATION 

IS A 
NECESSITY! 

By Rev. Lester E. Pifer 



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I here was a time when the 
ringing of the old church bell would 
bring the people to the church, but 
this is no longer true. There are too 
many other bells calling men to other 
things. The pastor who does not visit 
will preach to empty pews on Sun- 
days," says Dr. C. E. Colton in his 
book The Minister's Mission. 

Dr. D. James Kennedy, pastor of 



the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church 
of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and 
author of the book Evangelism Ex- 
plosion tells of his bitter and humili- 
ating experience as a miserable failure 
in starting this home-mission venture. 
"After eight or ten months of my 
preaching, the congregation had gone 
from forty-five to seventeen." He re- 
lates his frightening experience of 



being invited to be the evangelist at a 
Decatur, Georgia, church where a local 
pastor turned his failure to relate the 
message of God to people into a most 
profitable and enlightening training 
session. "For ten days 1 watched this 
pastor lead one person after another to 
Christ for a total of fifty-four indi- 
viduals during those days." 

He returned to Fort Lauderdale, his 
heart thrilled, revived and challenged 
to see the same program there. "What 
I then foolishly did is the same thing 
that thousands of others no doubt 
have done. I organized a class on wit- 
nessing. I gave them six lessons and 
sent them -out. They all went home 
terrified! I waited a few months and 
tried again. This time I gave them 
twelve lessons— again no success. A few 
more months and another series, more 
elaborate, more complex; fifteen 
weeks— again no results. I do not know 
of one single adult that was brought to 
Christ by one of those laymen as a re- 
sult of these interesting classes. Finally 
it struck me like a bolt of lightning— I 
had taken classes for three years and 
had not learned how to witness. It was 
not until someone who knew how had 
taken me out into people's homes that 
I finally got the confidence to do it 
myself." 

Just recently a young man was in 
my office to discuss the possibility of 
taking a home-mission pastorate. He 
felt he could preach, administrate and 
conduct the other duties of the pastor- 
ate but was terrified at the thought of 
visitation and personal soul-winning. 
Feeling his need he had gone forward 
when the call came for soul winners, 
yielding himself and asking for help, 
but as yet no assistance had been 
given. This hungering frustration could 
probably be expressed by many in our 
Brethren churches. Pastor Kennedy's 
experience could possibly be multi- 
plied many times in our own church. 

It was on a mountain in Galilee that 
our blessed Lord gave His great com- 
mission to the disciples. "Go ye there- 
fore, and teach all nations, baptizing 
(Continued on page 12) 



May 15, 1971 



It was at Masada where Jewish men 

slew their wives and children, who willingly submitted, 

then allowed their own execution rather than 

yield to the overwhelming Roman hordes. 

Never again. Now they would fight to the last man. 



NEVER 
AG Al N ! 



I he sun had set and Hanukah, 
1969, had begun. For eight days Jews 
all over the world would light candles 
on Hanukah menorahs to commemo- 
rate the deliverance centuries before 
from a hated oppressor, Antiochus 
Epiphanes, the tyrant. Well remem- 
bered by the modern progeny of 
Abraham would be the cleansing of 
the Temple which had been defiled 
with the sacrifice of swine upon the 
sacred altar. Hearts in Israel would stir 
again to the story of the one-day's sup- 
ply of oil for Ner Tamid, the Eternal 
Light, which burned for eight days 
until the new supply of oil was pre- 
pared. 

That Hanukah in 1969 began differ- 
ently for thousands of our Jewish 
friends in Los Angeles. Added to light- 
ing candles in their homes, many were 
to march on City Hall where the 
mayor and other celebrities would 
greet them. Sally and I watched them 
come in an orderly, quiet procession. 
The darkness of the night was pene- 



By John S. Neely 
Eastern Messianic Testimony 




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trated by flickering lights which 
fought valiantly against the onslaught 
of a strong breeze which threatened to 
extinguish the flames, for Jewish 
hands held lighted candles-it was 
Hanukah! Undoubtedly, they had re- 
membered that ancient victory over 
the Syrian ruler, Antiochus Epiphanes, 
and the cry in their hearts now was for 
deliverance from a current oppressor, 
Soviet Russia. When I thought of these 
few thousands against the armed might 
of the USSR, I had a feeling of ap- 
prehension, and 1 had a question— 
"Would there be a retaliation against 
Jews in the Soviet?" I thought so, but 
time would tell. 

It is now spring of 1971, many 
months later. Passover is now the Holy 
Day which Jews ceremonialize without 
a sacrifice. We think of that Passover 
nineteen centuries ago when One was 
raised on a Roman gibbet, the Lamb 
who would die for the sin of the 
world. It was then when unbelief, 
hatred, jealously, ignorance and blind- 
ness would crucify God the Son, who 
had been born to a Jewish virgin 
named Mary. Today we see His people 
"according to the flesh" also "nailed 
to crosses" reared by unbelief, hatred, 
jealously, ignorance and blindness for 
anti-Semitism raises its ugly head again 
and again! As we have come East to 
continue in our ministry to our Jewish 
friends, news has come before our eyes 
and to our ears of a league composed 
principally of young Hebrews which 
has banded together for the defense of 
their people. Its voice is being heard— 
its purpose, its zeal, its training which 
includes instruction in karate, and its 
methods have been revealed to us. 
Very prominent and in the foreground 
of this militant movement are some 
rabbis. Arid we hear the answer to the 
inquiry of questioners of this league as 
to the extent to which it would go to 
defend Jewish honor, "We will do 
what is necessary." 

"Never again" seems to be the 
battle cry. Did I hear correctly, "Never 
again would there be another 



Masada"? Masada may not have too 
familiar a ring to a Gentile or a Chris- 
tian, but to students of Jewish history, 
Masada is well remembered as the 
citadel, to which Josephus bears 
record, over which the hush of death 
hovered while Roman hordes prepared 
to storm its walls. It was there where 
burdened Jewish men slew their wives 
and children who willingly submitted, 
then allowed their own execution 
rather than yield to the overwhelming 
enemy forces, until the lone suicide of 
the last Jewish defender ended the 
siege of that beleaguered fortress. 

As Sally and I have gone to Jewish 
homes in the Philadelphia area and 
have tried to engage our friends in con- 
versation, one of our questions has 
been as to what they think of this 
organization of defenders. We sense an 
embarrassment in the Jewish com- 
munity-and this seems to be reflected 
in the attitude of the State of Israel. It 
was also evident by the recent ejection 
of a rabbinical leader of this group 
from the Jewish conference which 
convened in a European country to 
consider the plight of the Jew in 
Soviet Russia. Many in Israel frown on 
the harassment of Soviet culture 
groups which perform in this country, 
but undeterred, the league continues 
with a seemingly fixed determination 
to carry on in spite of criticism and 
rejection by other Jews. 

We asked a lovely Jewish lady, the 
wife of an instructor in a Hebrew 
school, what she thought of this 
league. Her answer was a substantia- 
tion of the "Never again!" These 
young men, she explained, had had 
fathers, mothers, grandparents and 
other loved ones who had suffered in 
Nazi concentration camps. "Never 
again" would there be another Dachau 
or an Auschwitz where six million 
Jews perished. "Never again" would 
there be the overlooking of impending 
doom by a "business as usual" pro- 
crastination! Never again— they would 
fight now even to the last man in the 
defense of Jewish honor. 



How sad it is that our Jewish 
friends have forgotten the One who 
made the covenant with David, and 
the God of the inspired writer in Psalm 
89:18 who shouted: "For the Lord is 
our defence; and the Holy One of 
Israel is our king." How tragic they do 
not know the angel of the Lord who 
". . . encampeth round about them 
that fear him, and delivereth them" 
(Ps. 34:7). The verse that follows in 
Psalm 34 is both blessed and convict- 
ing. We Christians have tasted and we 
have been blessed, but how many of us 
have raised our voices to our Jewish 
friends and have cried out, "0 taste 
and see that the Lord is good: blessed 
is the man that trusteth in him"? 

Beloved Brethren, our Jewish 
friends need our witness for, ". . . faith 
cometh by hearing, and hearing by the 
Word of God" (Rom. 10:17). May 
there be a "Never again" in our de- 
cision to bear our witness— that never 
again will we fail in our effort to reach 
a child of Israel for Christ. Every be- 
liever in the Body of Christ is the first 
line of testimony to the Jew! The Lord 
commanded it, and it is up to all of us 
to do something about it! W 



If you're interested . . . 

There may be many who wish 
to witness to their Jewish 
friends. We would like to help 
you start. To the first one 
hundred persons who will drop 
us a line with just one word 
"handout," dated not later than 
June 15, 1971, we will be 
pleased to mail you a small 
supply of The Interpreter. Please 
give your name and full address. 
Address your mail to Rev. John 
S. Neely, 1 Madison Avenue, 
A-1, Warminster, Pennsylvania 
18974. May the Lord richly 
bless you for your interest. 



May 15, 1971 




Some had sown. 

Others were reaping. 

But God gave the increase through . . . 



TEARS 

AND 

PRAYER 

IN 



TAOS 



By Rev. Robert Salazar 

Pastor, Taos, N. Mex. 



s an appendix to His dialogue 
with the Samaritans, Christ exhorted 
His disciples with the words, "And 
herein is that saying true, one soweth, 
and another reapeth. I sent you to 
reap that whereon ye bestowed no 
labour, other men laboured, and ye are 
entered into their labour." 

"One soweth." The history of 
many works of faith begin with the 
vision of one with a burden. Taos is no 
exception. Before the church was ever 
physically conceived here, God placed 
a desire and concern for the lost in the 
heart of a man. The process of sowing 
began when that servant of God sowed 
the seed of the Word of God in hearts. 
Some seed fell on stony ground, some 
among the thorns, some on barren soil 
and, thank God, some on receptive 
hearts. 

And so the church was born here in 
Taos. Through tears and prayer souls 
were saved and persecution was 
tolerated. One cannot begin to ap- 



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predate all the experiences of that 
small but faithful flock. There are 
some alive today that still remember 
very vividly some of the pain and 
blessing associated with the "sowing" 
of those early years. But just as He 
promised, "The gates.of hell" did not 
prevail against the church. 

As I sit at my pastoral desk today 
and hear tell of those painful days of 
growth, I cannot help but praise the 
Lord for those early and faithful 
sowers of the Word in Taos. For since 
that day many have come and gone- 
pouring their hearts to God in service 
—and so "one soweth." 

"Another reapeth." I'd like to 
think that the success of the Lord's 
work here in Taos is due to the efforts 
of its current pastor but, lest pride and 
not praise, be the victor here, let me 
be reminded that I am only reaping 
what others have sown. 

This means that souls have been 
saved, buildings built, school instituted 
and radio broadcast programs started 




The Taos building committee: Amarante Ro 
Tafaya, Florient Maestos. 
—and I only reap? Well, to an extent. 
For I, too, must sow while I reap the 
labors of others before me; that should 
Christ tarry in His coming, that one 
who follows me may reap the blessings 
of someone else's sowing. We continue 
to sow and reap here in Taos for the 
Lord also said we are laborers to- 
gether. 

The growth of God's work together 
with a strong desire to perform a 



The church people watched proudly as Pastor Salazar turned a shovel of dry New Mexico 
soil. 




mero, Robert Salazar, George Trujillo, Horacio 

better and more effective ministry 
here in Taos dictates new physical 
facilities. Under the Lord's leading two 
years ago we began to pray that God 
would give us direction in the con- 
struction of new and much needed 
church facilities. As we prayed, the 
Lord blessed. Soon over two thousand 
dollars was placed in the Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation against that day 
for building. 

With hammer in hand and much 
faith in the Lord, we set out to re- 
model present facilities to provide of- 
fice space, social hall and other needed 
accommodations. Our people re- 
sponded in a most commendable 
manner. The men of the church con- 
tributed close to 1,300 man hours of 
work and over $5,000 in that short 
time. Five months have elapsed since 
then and we now occupy those facili- 
ties. There were some who said it 
couldn't be done. But faith has the 
fault of being like the mustard seed. 

Today (April 4, Palm Sunday), we 
broke ground for our new sanctuary. 
Like the songwriter we, too, cry: 
"Through days of preparation Thy 
grace has made us strong." This ven- 
ture of faith is not the first here in 
Taos. For this church was born, 
struggled, and grew in faith. 

Before our Lord left Samaria, we 
read, "And many of the Samaritans of 
that city believed. ..." May it be true 
of Taos as well, that whereas "one 
soweth and another reapeth," many 
will believe here as well . . . "For we 
are labourers together with God." # 



May 15, 1971 



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VISITATION . . . 

(Continued from page 7) 

them in the name of the Father, and 
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you: 
and, lo, I am with you alway, even 
unto the end of the world" (Matt. 
28:19-20). With this statement Jesus 
not only gave them the method and 
plan for carrying out the work, but He 
also assured them of His continuing 
presence and power. In Mark's Gospel 
the emphasis is placed upon the indi- 
vidual, ". . . to every creature" (Mark 
16:15). This divine directive can be 
reduced to only two small words "Go 
ye." Our Lord's plan was nothing 
more than reaching the nearest person, 
winning him to Christ and then teach- 
ing him to do the same for others. 
Thus through an ever-widening circle, 
the whole world could learn of the 
grace of God in salvation. Acts 1:8 
reiterates the same objective with the 
promise of the Holy Spirit, "But ye 
shall receive power, after that the Holy 
Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall 
be witnesses unto me both in Jeru- 
salem, and in all Judaea, and in Sa- 
maria, and unto the uttermost part of 
the earth." 

The word "mission" is derived from 
the Latin meaning to send. The word 
"visit" is also a Latin derivative and 
means to go. A missionary is one who 
is sent. A visitor is one who goes. 
These two words indicate two phases 
of the same task. Mission work re- 
quires visitation; visitation is mission 
work. Practically, the one who cannot 
visit at home could not be assured 
more success abroad. 

Is visitation a Biblical principle of 
evangelism? It originated in the heart 
and mind of God. It began in the 
Garden of Eden when God came to 
visit Adam and Eve, "in the cool of 
the day" (Gen. 3:8). Throughout the 
history of Israel God continued to visit 
His creatures. He visited Abraham fre- 
quently, Moses at the burning bush 
and at Mt. Sinai. His visit in the dark- 
ness of the night brought the call to 
the young boy, Samuel. 

The greatest example of God's per- 
sonal interest in men comes in the 
visitation of His Son, "For the Son of 
man is come to seek and to save that 
which was lost" (Luke 19:10). From 
the moment of Christ's arrival on this 
earth and the beginning of His public 



ministry, visitation was His program. 
He visited in the homes of the people, 
performing His first miracle in a home. 
He sent His disciples into the homes of 
the people (Matt. 10:6-12; Luke 
10:5). He went out of His way to 
minister to the woman at the well in 
Samaria and Zacchaeus in Jericho 
(Luke 19:5). He met with family 
groups and went to crowded places 
with His message. 

Visitation was practiced widely by 
the early Christians (Acts 2:46-47). 
Peter believed in visitation. John pre- 
ferred visitation (II John 12; III John 
14). There are many references to Paul 
and his visitation program (Acts 
20:18-21). The ministry of Stephen 
and Phillip grew out of the visitation 
program at Jerusalem. Paul's mission- 
ary journeys, his companions, and his 
outstanding home-missionary efforts 
in establishing new churches came out 
of this method (Acts 16). 

No effective visitation program will 
emerge by itself, by mere human ef- 
fort or by the strong admonition from 
the pulpit. The need and vision for 
such a plan must originate from the 
Word of God. "And he gave some, 



apostles; and some, prophets; and 
some, evangelists; and some, pastors 
and teachers; For the perfecting of the 
saints, for the work of the minis- 
try . . ." (Eph. 4:11-12). When pastor 
and people work together they equally 
share in the responsibility and recog- 
nize that this program is God ordained 
and Holy Spirit oriented action will 
come. Initiatory action must begin 
with the pastor. He must set the ex- 
ample as a visiting soul winner. Begin- 
ning with one or two, taking the time 
to train them, a successful program 
will emerge. 

It takes good preaching and keen 
understanding of the Word to reach 
people's hearts and set them aflame 
with compassion. It takes a consistent 
ministry of visitation on the part of 
the pastor to know the needs of his 
people, to preach with compassion for 
his people, and to set the example be- 
fore the flock. To build a growing 
church, it takes a people who will re- 
spond to the call of Christ, the moti- 
vating ministry of the Holy Spirit, and 
who will stand with the pastor in re- 
lating the message through visitation 
to the lost. # 



A Big Thank You 




Board of Directors for the Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc. 

For investing over $8 million 

which are building 

Brethren churches across America 

BRETHREN INVESTMENT FOUNDATION, INC. 
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JERUSALEM. The city of Jeru- 
salem will be the site of a conference 
on Prophecy during the month of 
June. Many Christians throughout the 
world will gather to hear messages 
from the Scriptures. Tom Julien, 
Brethren missionary to France, will be 
among those attending. Mr. Julien has 
consented to cover the conference for 
the Brethren Missionary Herald, and 
will bring us an article on the back- 
ground of the conference as well as 
some impressions of the sessions them- 
selves. The articles will appear in the 
July issues of the Herald. 

PALMYRA, PA. There was a total 
of 31 personal decisions made in the 
recent evangelistic meetings with Rev. 
Allen Herr. These decisions make a 
total of 49 so far this year. Arthur 
Frank, pastor. 

KETTERING, OHIO. It soon be- 
came obvious something special was 
going to happen. Church members 
nearly filled the sanctuary. Several 
visitors came in. Relatives from 
Virginia and friends from Maryland ar- 
rived. A large group from a former pas- 
torate was there. Friends came who had 
accepted the Lord under special minis- 
tries. Then it was announced . . . Barn- 
hart Appreciation Day. The people of 
the Calvary Brethren Church had set 
aside Mar. 28 to thank Pastor and Mrs. 
Henry Barnhart for nearly 14 years of 
untiring ministry. A special noon meal 
was held and an afternoon program, 
"Do You Remember," recounted the 
years of ministry. A generous love of- 
fering was given by the congregation 
and friends. 

SUNNYSIDE, WASH. Rev. Duane 
S. Jorgens has been extended a call to 
continue his work as Minister of Chris- 
tian Education for the First Brethren 
Church. 



ALLENTOWN, PA. Attendance 
reached the 40 mark at the First 
Brethren Church Apr. 4, and 33 at- 
tended the evening communion serv- 
ice. Rev. John Neely is conducting a 
Wednesday-night Bible study on 
Jewish evangelism using a Moody cor- 
respondence course "Trumpet in 
Zion." 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The youth 
of the Los Altos Brethren Church are 
responding positively to the bi- 
monthly meetings of the "Last 
Generation" a youth oriented, par- 
ticipative fellowship. Ten first-time 
decisions were made from among the 
65 present at the second meeting. Over 
the past 4 weeks, 36 decisions have 
been recorded. Half of these have been 
to receive Christ. Donald P. Shoe- 
maker, pastor. 

MEYERSDALE, PA. A conference 
on Bible Prophecy and the Jew was 
held Apr. 18-21 with Dr. Henry J. 
Heydt and Rev. Robert E. A. Miller as 
speakers. Dr. Henry Heydt is the mis- 
sionary liaison director and president 
of the Jewish Missionary Training In- 
stitute of the American Board of Mis- 
sions to the Jews. Rev. Robert Miller 
has charge of the Mid-Atlantic district 
headquarters of the same organization. 
Robert L. Burns, pastor. 

MINERVA, OHIO. Pastor and Mrs. 
Dennis Beach became the parents of 
Melissa Elaine, born Mar. 22. 



CORRECTION. In the Mar. 20, 
1971 Brethren Missionary Herald, an 
article appeared on page 6 entitled, 
"Alexander Mack, Founder of the 
Brethren Movement." An error ap- 
peared in the article which stated, 
"This translation has the distinction of 
being the first translation of the Bible 
from a European language into English 
in America." It should have stated that 
Christopher Sower published the first 
Bible in a European language (Ger- 
man) in America. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. All attend- 
ance records were shattered at the 
Grace Brethren Church by a registra- 
tion of 1,127 in Sunday school (two 
more than the goal); 1,087 in the 
morning worship services, and 535 on 
Sunday evening. A special offering 
goal of $4,500 to purchase a carry-all 
station wagon for the Marvin Lowerys 
in Kentucky was exceeded by $1,900. 
Robert B. Collitt, pastor. 

CHANGES. Please make the follow- 
ing changes in your Annual. Grace 
Brethren Church, Box 3675, Carroll 
Reece Station, Johnson City, Tenn. 
37601. 

NATIONAL CONFERENCE. 

Moderator William F. Tweeddale says: 
"We are working toward a Great, 
Great American Rally as an opening to 
national conference Sunday, Aug. 8. It 
will be held in the historic Billy Sun- 
day Tabernacle with Dr. William Ward 
Ayer as the featured speaker. A con- 
cert band will be there to present a 
patriotic program. As conference week 
progresses, another 'don't miss it' will 
be the Wednesday Bible hour. Taking 
the form of a panel discussion, this 
session will cover the topic 'I've Found 
the Answer to Raising Christian Chil- 
dren.' The session will then be open 
for questions and feedback. We feel 
the family is a cornerstone in the 
Brethren Church and needs some real 
emphasis." 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Speaker 



Church 

West Alexandria 

Ohio 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 



Date 

May 16-22 
May 23-30 



Pastor 

Harold Combs 
Robert Combs 



Henry Barnhart 
Allen Herr 



May 15, 1971 



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New Edition of ASV 
To Be Released 

Ten years of work translating the 
Scriptures has been climaxed with the 
publication of the New American 
Standard Bible. More than 58 different 
scholars in Hebrew and Greek have 
been working on the project. The New 
Testament was completed in 1963 and 
was an immediate success in sales. 
When the work started, a survey of 
evangelical scholars revealed the fact 
that the American Standard Version of 
1901 was in their opinion "the most 
faithful translation available." Plans at 
first called for an updating of this 
version, but study showed that a com- 
plete translation would be more ef- 
fective. 

One of the unique characteristics of 
the new version is that translators had 
access to nearly 5,000 ancient manu- 
scripts, geological finds, and historical 
documents not available to the trans- 
lators of the King James Version. The 
goal of the translators was not to pro- 
duce a piece of literature but, "we 
were much more interested in pro- 
ducing a Bible to believe in." 

Those selected for the translating 
team were chosen because of their ex- 
cellent scholarship and evangelical 
theology. With the release of the 
version it will be interesting to see 
whether they have been able, as they 
have said, to produce "a Bible to be- 
lieve in." Time and study will reveal 
this. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. At- 
tendance figures neared the three-digit 
bracket on Easter Sunday with 95 
present for the Easter program, and 97 
attending the morning service. The 
first communion service was held Apr. 
6 with 26 participating. Thomas In- 
man, pastor. 

ORDER NOW AND SAVE! Church 
financial officers may want to consider 
ordering 1972 offering envelopes prior 
to June 30 and take advantage of the 
"early order discount." Your en- 
velopes can be shipped at whatever 
date you specify for mailing, and you 
need not pay for them until you start 
to use them. Printing and production 
costs continue to climb, but you can 
save by ordering early. Send your 
order to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590, for prompt, efficient service. 



TAOS, N. MEX. It was an earth 
shaking "Youth Quake" at the Canon 
Brethren Church Apr. 5-9. Youth from 
as far away as California, Colorado and 
Indiana came for the event. Rev. Leon 
Davis and Prof. Fred Fogle were on 
hand to give the challenges. 

The men of the church have been 
actively involved in the building pro- 
gram. One week 159 man hours of 
labor were donated, bringing the total 
to 800 hours. Robert Salazar, pastor. 



"SPECIAL ISSUE" 
COMING UP NEXT! 

"I never realized the Mission- 
ary Herald Company did all 
those things! I thought you just 
published a magazine!" This is a 
typical comment after someone 
from the BMH speaks at a 
church or a district conference. 

Well, the next issue of the 
Herald, dated May 29, will be 
what we consider a "special 
one." In it, we're going to tell 
you just what the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald does. How we 
keep twenty people busy, run- 
ning a six-day-week operation 
getting out the Gospel in various 
printed forms. 

Watch for the next issue of 
the Herald ... we hope you en- 
joy reading about us, as much as 
we enjoyed working to put this 
particular issue together. 



DAYTON, OHIO. Rev. Horace 
Mohler has resigned as assistant pastor 
of the First Brethren Church, effective 
June 1. He has accepted the call to 
become administrator-chaplain of the 
Grace Brethren Village Retirement 
Home. 

BEAUMONT, CALIF. The sanc- 
tuary choir of the Cherry Valley 
Brethren Church presented the John 
Peterson Easter cantata "No Greater 
Love" at the evening service, Apr. 1 1, 
to approximately 160 people. Mrs. 
Edna McClellan was the director with 
Mrs. Sharri Sizelove at the piano and 
Mrs. Dale Brock at the organ. Follow- 
ing the cantata, a food shower was 
given to Pastor and Mrs. Dale Brock. 



JOIN OUR TOUR! Visit Mexico 
City and Acapulco with the Herald 
Tour following national conference. 
The eight-day tour will begin Satur- 
day, Aug. 14, and visit interesting 
tourist attractions in Mexico. It will be 
possible to begin the tour from 
Chicago or Los Angeles. Tour directors 
will be Charles W. Turner, executive 
editor of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald, and Pastor Ralph Colburn, 
chairman of the board. Further infor- 
mation is available from the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; or Rev. 
Ralph Colburn, 3490 La Jara, Long 
Beach, Calif. 90805. 

COVINGTON, OHIO. Pastor Ralph 

F. Miller has resigned as pastor of the 
First Brethren Church effective July 
14. His future plans are indefinite. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Mexico has a 
new meaning to twelve young people 
and two adults of the First Brethren 
Church who participated in the minis- 
try of World Gospel Crusades over the 
Easter holiday. They were part of over 
250 people from California and Ari- 
zona who attended the International 
Christian Youth Festival-an effort to 
reach Mexicans in Tijuana for Christ. 
Most of the time was spent in orienta- 
tion, spiritual preparation and litera- 
ture distribution, as well as rallies on 
two nights. Jesse B. Deloe, pastor. 

WARSAW, IND. Betty Bowman of 
the Community Grace Brethren 
Church was named SMM Girl of the 
Year at the Indiana District Confer- 
ence held at Winona Lake. 

A Word of Life "Blueprint for 
Teenage Evangelism" was held recent- 
ly, proving to be a very profitable time 
for the 150 young people in attend- 
ance. Mark E. Malles, pastor. 

CANTON, OHIO. The formal 
presentation of the Alexander Mack 
portrait was made to the Canton Bap- 
tist Temple by Rev. Lester E. Pifer, 
executive secretary of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. The presenta- 
tion took place during the morning 
worship service on Easter Sunday. The 
90-minute service was televised, and 
6,447 were in attendance. The portrait 
was placed in the Christian Hall of 
Fame at the church. The details of this 
event appeared in the Mar. 20, Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald. 



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DO YOU HAVE ONE? 

A request has been made for a copy 
of the National Ministerium Constitu- 
tion. If you have a copy and would 
forward it to Rev. Jerry Young, 5519 
W. 43rd St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46254, 
it would be appreciated. 

RADFORD, VA. On Sunday morn- 
ing, July 12 of last year, little Donald 
Ratcliffe was on his way to Sunday 
school at the Fairlawn Brethren 
Church of Radford, Va. He com- 
plained of being tired. He was too 
tired to go to the class that he loved. 
The next day his mother took him to 
the doctor. He was admitted to the 
Radford Community Hospital. After a 
series of tests and a visit to the Uni- 
versity of Virginia Hospital, it was de- 
termined that Donald had leukemia. 
One doctor predicted from six months 
to two years for Donald. Now, almost 
a year is gone, and the disease con- 
tinues to take its toll. Expenses, al- 
ready in excess of $1,000, continue to 
mount. New drugs are being used to 
keep Donald in "remission"— a period 
of time when the leukemia is inactive. 
After awhile, however, the drug be- 
comes ineffective; the leukemia again 
becomes active and another medi- 
cation must be used. There is no cure 
and medications for keeping the 
disease inactive are running out. The 
pain, suffering and expense for Don- 
ald, his mother and father, brother 
Robert, and sister Susan, will certainly 
increase. Only the Lord in His good 
providence knows how long. 

The Fairlawn Brethren Church has 
established a "Donald Ratcliffe Fund" 
and is administering an account 
opened at the Fairlawn Branch of the 
Virginia National Bank. This fund will 
be used to help care for the medical 
expense of Donald. Roy Glass, pastor. 



HOLSINGER, Vemard, a charter 
member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, died 
during the church service Apr. 1 1 , 
immediately after he had sung a solo 
"Open the Gates of the Temple." Rev. 
Russell Ward officiated at the funeral. 
Eloy Pacheco, pastor. 

KEMPER, Lewis E., 70, a faithful 
member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Covington, Va., since 1945 
passed away Mar. 30. W. Carl Miller, 
pastor. 

LANGSTRAAT, Dorothy, 46, 
passed away Apr. 4 following a 
lengthy illness. She was a member of 
the Los Altos Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. Donald P. Shoemaker, 
pastor. 

WEYANT, JESSIE, a member of 
the Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church, Duncansville, Pa., died re- 
cently. John Gregory, pastor. 



Weddwq Be/fa 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to those 
whose addresses are supplied by the of- 
ficiating minister. 

Eileen Bader and Morgan T. Lewis, 
Mar. 23, Grace Brethren Church, San 
Bernardino, Calif. 

Diana Corral and David Keifling, 
Mar. 27, Grace Brethren Church, Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

Bonnie Koch and Mike Armbruster. 
Apr. 2, Grace Brethren Church, Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

Yolanda Shopbell and Daniel Mast, 
Apr. 3, Grace Brethren Church, Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

Christine Ryerson and Dennis 
Brown, Apr. 3, First Brethren Church, 
Des Moines, Iowa. 

Ruth Stoneback and John Worth- 
ington, Apr. 3, Penn Valley Grace 
Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 



HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 1971 NFBC 
NATIONAL CONFERENCE - AUG. 6-13 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Conference Theme: "I've Found the Answer" 



GREAT AMERICAN 


RALLY 


• DR. 


WILLIAM 


WARD AYER 


• DR. 


WILBUR 


NELSON 



EVENING CHALLENGE SPEAKER 
• REV. C. SUMNER WEMP 



In Memory 

Death notices appearing in this column must 
be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

CUTLIP, Ron, 31, a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, 
Ohio, went into the Lord's presence 
Apr. 8. Knute Larson, pastor. 

EMEIGH, Warren, a member of the 
Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, 
Duncansville, Pa., died recently. John 
Gregory, pastor. 



CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONVENTION 
• REV. GEORGE GARDINER 



SOUL-WINNING CLINICS 

• LED BY MR. RON PICARD 



May 15, 1971 



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Does God 
Still Guide? 



CURRENT 









rcANDzl 

CHRISTIAN 




Any of the books reviewed on this 
page may be ordered from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Com- 
pany, Box 544, Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana 46590. 



J. Sidlow Baxter (Grand Rapids: 
Zondervan, 1971), 191 pages, cloth, 
$4.95. 

"No question has been asked more 
often of me by Christian believers than 
this," says Dr. Baxter, "How can I ex- 
perience divine guidance?" His an- 
swer is capably presented in his fa- 
miliar homiletical style. 

Passing over general guidance given 
in Scripture, he focuses on direct 
guidance given in individual cases. The 
avenues of guidance are those sug- 
gested by F. B. Meyer years ago, illus- 
trated in his story of the three lights 
which must be aligned to enter Liver- 
pool harbor. The "three lights" which 
must be aligned to guide us in God's 
will are 1) the written Word, 2) the 
inner urging of the Holy Spirit, 3) 
outer circumstances. 

The subject is treated in two main 
parts. Part one, "Aspects of Guidance" 
(six chapters), sets forth the ways to 
know God's will. Part two, "Adjuncts 
of Guidance" (five chapters), sets 
forth the spiritual life essential to such 
guidance. A brief postscript stresses 
the need of a "truly consecrated life" 
to discern the Spirit's guidance. The 
book is generally a good statement of 
Biblical teaching on the subject, amply 
illustrated by the experiences of out- 
standing Christians. 

However, it has two conspicuous 
weaknesses in the opinion of this re- 
viewer. One is its all but exclusive con- 
centration on the careers of ministers 
and missionaries, leaving the vast bulk 
of Christians who remain in "secular" 
work without adequate instruction or 
examples in guidance. 

The other is the failure of the con- 
tents (which are past tense) to fulfill 
the title (which is present tense). The 
modifier, "Still," clearly implies a con- 
temporary study. Even the foreword 
and the opening page cast the theme in 
terms of the despair in which 
"twentieth century science, discovery, 
invention and education [have] landed 
us." If this leads you to expect a book 
about people who have heard from 
God in the twentieth century, you are 
misled. His witnesses are eighteenth 
and nineteenth century leaders (e.g., 
Carey, Wesley, Judson, Finney), or his 



own acquaintances recalled from 
"horse and buggy" days. 

I do not contend that it is weak to 
write a book on Biblical doctrine and 
omit the twentieth century (although 
many would). I do contend that it is 
bad form to bait your title and your 
opening with a subject you are not 
going to discuss in your book. 

The real content of Dr. Baxter's 
book is more accurately described in 
his subtitle, "What are the Essentials 
of Guidance and Growth in the Chris- 
tian Life?" This is what he actually 
writes about, and he writes it well.— 
Russell Ogden, pastor of the Denver 
Grace Brethren Church, Denver, Colo. 

Seek No Tomorrow 

Bernard Palmer (Chicago: Moody 
Press, 1971), 176 pages, $3.95. 

Bernard Palmer is back with an- 
other Christian novel and this time it 
deals with drug abuse. Having written 
more than 165 books, his name is 
known to the Christian reading public. 

"Tell me, Cliff— exactly what has 
the church done for you?" Cliff Mor- 
gan was really mixed up. What Sharon 
said made sense, and her questions 
couldn't be answered even by Cliff 
who was preparing for the ministry. 
When he discovered Sharon Ross was 
hooked on heroin he dropped out of 
school and decided not to go into the 
ministry. 

Later Cliff decides to take a job in 
Yellowstone Park with hopes that he 
might be of help to young people who 
were mixed up and turned on. In Yel- 
lowstone, his new friend, Johnny Jef- 
ferson, while on LSD dies by drown- 
ing. Cliff then begins to work as a nar- 
cotics agent hoping to help stop drug 
abuse. One night at a religious meeting 
where Cliff was to meet a contact he 
saw Sharon Ross but she was not with 
her hippie friends. She was the speaker 
on the program. After the meeting, 
they talked about what had happened 
since they had last met. They agreed 
that religion is not the answer to their 
problems— but Jesus Christ is. 

This story has a wonderful message 
and answers many questions that teen- 
agers (adults, too) may have about 
life.- Jacquie Moine, Freshman at 
Wadsworth High School, Wadsworth, 
Ohio 



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I n a recent publication that has 
just reached my desk there appears 
one of the most amazing confessions 
touching the area of education. It ap- 
pears in an article entitled, "Educators 
Don't Know What Education Should 
Do," and is sponsored by the 
"Academy for Educational Develop- 
ment, Inc.," whose avowed purpose is 
to serve "schools, colleges, universities, 
governmental agencies, and other 
organizations wishing to improve their 
educational training programs and 
develop plans for the future." 

This article is written by Billy 0. 
Wireman, president of Florida Presby- 
terian College, St. Petersburg, Florida, 
whom you would expect to be the 
first to claim that he knows exactly 
what education should do. After in- 
forming the reader that record enroll- 
ments of students have been welcomed 
into the educational institutions of the 
land in the fall of 1970— eight million 
in the field of higher education, and 
fifty million on the elementary and 
secondary level of the public schools- 
he is then forced to admit that: "The 
truth is that no one seems to know 
what education is supposed to do, 
much less how it is supposed to do it." 

THERE IS A LOSS 
OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE 

Unrest on the campuses of private 
and public colleges and universities of 
the land with attendant problems, 
along with the cross-bussing and dress- 
code problems in the public schools, 
are just symptoms of a more serious 
and pressing problem; namely, the 
massive loss of confidence in American 
education. The writer insists that this 
unfortunate development stems basi- 
cally "from the stubborn unwillingness 
or more probably, the tragic inability 
of educators to articulate a simple, 
compelling, and clearly understood 
rationale for education." 

Growing out of this situation, edu- 
cation at all levels in America is per- 
forming nowhere near its maximum 
potential, and in addition to this it is 
locked in a confused and hopeless 
quest for itself. In support of this con- 
clusion, the writer cites the statements 
of several notables: the first, Chancel- 
lor Heard of Vanderbilt University, 
who was appointed by President 
Nixon to head the commission on 
campus unrest. When the report was 
made to the President the meeting was 



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A Sad 
Commentary 
on Education 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President, Grace Schools 



opened with the question: "What is a 
university for?" President Nixon also 
made some startling statements last 
spring when he admitted that we know 
very little about learning and less 
about how education in America is to 
be financed. 

No one in the educational com- 
munity, to say nothing about those on 
the outside, is able to assess the causes 
for this tragic situation. How strange 
that this startling discovery should be 
made by a nation that has placed al- 
most a blind faith in anything called 
education. The President is undoubt- 
edly right, that the university is mis- 
taken in attributing all the ills of 
American society to government. Most 
certainly some of the ills, perhaps a 
very great share of them, must be 
traced to the educational institutions 
themselves. 

EDUCATION IN AMERICA 
HAS BEEN OVERSOLD 
A noted educator recently declared 
that higher education was to have ac- 
complished the feat of tying the 
country together in one cohesive unit. 
| If so, then this grandiose and am- 
bitious undertaking has ended in a 
calamitous failure, as the past ten 
years will amply attest. Skyrocketing 
enrollments have demonstrated the 
university's lack of managerial know- 
how. Sheer increase in size has out- 
stripped the administrative capacity of 
the university to manage the enter- 
prise. 

The results have been deadly. Frag- 
mentation of the educational com 



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May 15, 1971 



munity and a dehumanization of the 
atmosphere have left faculty and 
students alike frustrated and dis- 
couraged. The resulting disenchant- 
ment, boredom, and student unrest 
have often and alarmingly issued in 
violence, destruction of property, and 
; death. Not only has this been the ef- 
fect upon the campus, but the 
American public too has become dis- 
enchanted. Parents and taxpayers are 
disturbed because the educational in- 
stitutions do not stick to the business 
of educating, and the students and 
faculty are aroused because the uni- 
versity does not do more to remake 
American society. 

A NEW ERA OF 
ACCOUNTABILITY IS DAWNING 

A disturbing revolution is under 
way. There is a demand by the public 
in general, and by the student popu- 
lation in particular, for vast changes 
that will make the educational process 
relevant to the times and the problems 
s of the word. When an educator admits 
that the major problem facing edu- 
cation is not economic, but philo- 
sophic, he is doubtless putting his 
finger on the real issue. But is this 
more than a mere, blind groping in the 
dark for a kind of philosophy that is 
needed? Higher education in general 
has had a philosophy, but it has been 
the wrong philosophy. It has been a 
philosophy purely on the human and 
natural level. It has been self-centered 
and self-serving. It has at last turned 
upon itself and is issuing in self- 
destruction. 

In a desperate effort to come up 
with something that can be used as a 
basis of accountability for educators, 
President Wireman has suggested four 
things: 

"(1) Free the intellect from igno- 
rance and make of it a critical but con- 
structive instrument. . . 

"(2) Examine the moral and ethi- 
cal dimensions of a student's life 
and encourage him to develop a set of 
values that he will bring to each de- 
cision. . . 

"(3) Bring the student in contact 
with a possible life's vocation. . . 

"(4) Develop in each student the 
ability to express himself creatively 
| through the fine arts and some sport 
or hobby that he will use as a leisure- 
time skill." 

(Continued on page 19) 

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The Grace Seminary Women's Fellowship officers: Back row (I to r): Mrs. Paul Woodruff, sr. 
rep.; Mrs. Guy Rathmell, treas.; Mrs. Jerry Classen, corr. secy.; Mrs. John Willett, rec. secy.; 
Mrs. Robert Gifford, jr. rep. Front row (I to r): Mrs. Thomas Hammers, advisor; Mrs. James 
Ament, pres.; Mrs. Roy Polman, pres. elect; Mrs. Jared Burkholder, midd. rep. 



lour college years are finally 
over— those four exciting years of 
training in which you made so many 
lasting friendships. During those years 
you met your intended, that one God 
had chosen especially for you. He 
asked you to marry him, you happily 
said Yes, the big day arrived and you 
were married. Now your goal in life is 
to be the best wife you possibly can, 
allowing him to be leader in all areas 
of your life, and endeavoring to help 
him to be ever close to God, continual- 
ly seeking and doing His will. Your 
husband plans on going into the minis- 
try and, to prepare for it he is going to 
enroll in Grace Theological Seminary 
in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Suddenly, the thought hits you like 
never before— you will someday be a 
pastor's wife. What does all this in- 
volve? He receives years of training to 
help him prepare for what lies ahead. 
But what about training for you? You 
have heard that being a minister's wife 
isn't the easiest task in the world. Are 
you to go into the position "cold"? 

In the latter part of 1950, some of 
the seminary wives felt excluded from 
their husband's seminary life and 
sensed the need for fellowship with 
other seminary women. They also real- 
ized the real need for a course especial- 
ly designed to benefit the wives of 
future pastors and missionaries. 
Several of the women got together and 
prayed concerning this matter and in 
January 1951, the Seminary Women's 

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Fellowship was organized. From the 
first SWF meeting to the meetings to- 
day, the main purpose of the organi- 
zation has been to help prepare future 
pastor and missionary wives for their 
service and to enable them to deal 
with their special problems. 

With the development of the 
Faculty Women's Organization, they 
became sponsors and advisors to the 
Seminary Women's Fellowship in 
order to aid them in their organiza- 
tion—especially in their program plan- 
ning. 

In order to help the seminary wife 
grow in the Lord and become more 
effective for the Lord in the area in 
which she and her family will be 
serving when they leave Grace Semi- 
nary, a three-year curriculum was 
established. Basically, the program is 



— 

geared to the pastor's wife. However, 
it has proved to be very profitable to 
all women who have attended. The 
basic three-year program with some of 
the topics for discussion is as follows: 
First Year - The Pastor's Wife 

1. As to personal requisites 

2. As a gracious hostess and financier 

3. As a member, worker, and leader 
among women 

Second Year — The Pastor's Wife in 
Christian Education 

1. The Sunday school 

a. Departmentalization 

b. Building and equipment 

2. The women's organization 



Third Year — The Pastor's Wife in Mission- 
ary and Bible Education 

1. The missionary woman on the field 

2. Bible doctrine 

a. Man 

b. God 

c. Angels 

If a woman completes the full three- 
year course, attending at least six of 
the meetings each year and compiling 
a notebook of the notes she has taken 
at each meeting, she is awarded a 
special certificate at a Seminary 
Women's Fellowship graduation serv- 
ice to which the husbands are invited. 
Just as we Christians must evaluate 
our lives and endeavor to grow in the 
Lord, so must an organization. Semi- 
nary Women's Fellowship has found 
the evaluation of its present program 

Mrs. Thomas Hammers, advisor (left), and Mrs. Bill Smith use their experience and knowl- 
edge to help the women prepare for days ahead. 




I PASTOR'S WIFE 



By Judy Simcox 

With Lillian A merit, 
Donna Rathmell and 
Bonnie Rockafellow 



fairly easy, due to the interest and 
suggestions of the women who attend 
SWF. 

Because of the increased desire on 
the part of many of the women to 
"keep up" with their husbands in semi- 
nary, the program has been revised for 
this coming school year. Instead of 
meeting once a month for an hour, 
SWF will meet twice a month for two 
hours. The first hour will be a Bible 
study on a book of the Bible, taught 
by one of the seminary professors. The 
second hour of the evening will be 
devoted to the original SWF program. 
An added feature will be a practical 
workshop putting that month's ideas 
to work. 

One of the greatest advantages the 
student in a Christian college or semi- 
nary enjoys is that of constant fellow- 
ship with other believers. The wives of 
the seminary students also need this 
fellowship. Thus, SWF was created, 
not only for training, but for Christian 
fellowship. SWF has sponsored many 
things to give a spiritual and social lift 
to the seminary wife and her husband. 
At each of the SWF meetings there is a 
time of refreshment and fellowship 
during which time the women are able 
to meet other wives and share com- 
mon interests with one another. 

To foster this inter-relationship, 
SWF developed a big and little sister 
program whereby the middler and 
senior girls receive the name, address, 
and phone number of an incoming 
junior wife. The big sister is encour- 
aged to bring her little sister to a get- 
acquainted tea held before the first 
meeting of the year as well as take her 
to the first meeting. She is also encour- 
aged to entertain her and her family in 
her home. 

Other opportunities for developing 
friendships are provided for the fam- 
ilies, including at least two pot-luck 
dinners each school year. The SWF 
newspaper and telephone girls whose 



job it is to call the wives informing 
them of meetings and other events 
taking place are means used to stimu- 
late interest in the organization. 

If a wife wishes to take any of the 
courses her husband is enrolled in, or 
any other courses offered at the semi- 
nary, she is encouraged to do so. She 
must first be qualified to enroll as a 
student, and must also pay the regular 
fees upon enrolling. 

Several women, wives and single 
women, have enrolled at Grace Semi- 
nary as full-time students, thus earning 
a degree. Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., vice 
president and dean of the seminary, 
has made this statement concerning 
the place of women in seminary: 
"Grace Seminary is happy to have 
women students enrolled in prepara- 
tion for Christian service. They are 
eligible either for the Master of 



A SAD COMMENTARY . . . 

(Continued from page 1 7) 

THESE ARE HIGH SOUNDING 
WORDS OF NOTHINGNESS 



So far as I am able to see, these 
four suggestions are not any different 
than those I have been hearing for 
years from educators. These sug- 
gestions are high and lofty sounding, 
but there is nothing in them that de- 
fines precisely what they mean. As 
they stand, one is left out on the wide, 
wide ocean with no port in sight. In 
this situation there can be no good as a 
final result. 

If it were possible to define these 
suggestions in terms of the Christian 
faith, as set forth in the Scriptures and 
centered in Christ, there would be 
some hope for the future. But the edu- 
cational enterprise generally consti- 
tuted is not about to do that. So the 
dismal harvest will continue. 

But this is exactly what Grace 
Theological Seminary and Grace Col- 



Divinity degree or a one-year certifi- 
cate in the Biblical studies course. If 
they take the regular Master of Divini- 
ty program (with specialization in 
either Christian Education or Inter- 
departmental Studies) they take the 
same courses as men students with the 
exception of Homiletics II and III. 
These two courses require actual 
preaching and women students waive 
these courses and substitute others of 
their choice." 

A seminary wife, whether working 
at an outside job to help her husband 
complete his training or at home with 
their children, has an important task in 
helping her husband to prepare for the 
pastorate or some other field of Chris- 
tian service. Grace Seminary is pleased 
to have an organization such as Semi- 
nary Women's Fellowship to aid the 
students' wives in this task. W 



lege have done. That is why we do not 
have frustrated students attending the 
school. That is why the campus is not 
fragmented, arid why there has been 
no dehumanization of the atmosphere. 
That is why students become involved, 
and are directing their lives toward 
worthwhile vocations that will make 
needed contributions toward society 
and bring glory to the God revealed in 
Christ, whom we worship and glorify. 
That is why alumni have not lost con- 
fidence in the schools, and that is why 
alumni giving has not dropped off. 

On the negative side, it is being 
demonstrafed all across the land that 
you cannot remove God and the Scrip- 
tures from the scene of education 
without reaping the harvest that goes 
with it: fragmentation, dehumaniza- 
tion, degeneration, disenchantment, 
destruction. While on the positive side, 
in schools such as Grace there is fur- 
ther confirmation that "The fear of 
the Lord is the beginning of knowl- 
edge ..." (Prov. 1 : 7). # 



May 15, 1971 



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Two groups of Grace College students used their Easter 
vacations to minister to others. Here are the reports. 



"We 

God 



Hand of 



By Randy Maxson 



lake a forty-one passenger bus, 
supply one excellent driver, mix well 
thirty-eight college students who have 
learned a set of songs, give them a 
sixteen-day, 2,500 mile itinerary that 
will take them through five states and 
twenty-three concerts, add a capable 
director, and you have one ready-made 
Spring Concert Choir Tour. Right? 
Well perhaps, if you want just a choir 
tour! 

The Grace College Concert Choir 
didn't want just a tour. When they left 
on March 27, their goal was to present 
that which was in their hearts, the love 



of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even the 
basic ingredients were special. The bus 
itself was a direct answer to prayer. 
The bus driver not only knew where 
he was going on the road but his spirit- 
ual direction was also visible. Said one 
of the fellows, "Tour wouldn't be the 
same without Ernie Ringler." The 
thirty-eight students did not learn 
songs primarily; they filled their hearts 
with a message and let that message 
flow out through the music. 

"It is a great thing," said Daryle 
Emch, "to see a group sent out to do 
the job of a choir, transformed into an 



evangelistic team." What causes this? 
Professor Donald Ogden, having of- 
fered his musical talent to the Lord for 
service, was the spark plug. His drive, 
concern, and love radiated to each 
choir member. His goals were that of 
giving glory to God ... a reflection of 
the philosophy of Grace. On tour, 
"Prof seems more like a loving father 
than anything else. He helps us adapt 
to problem situations, encourages us, 
and even disciplines us when we need 
it! Each person develops a love for him 
that is hard to describe. 

The choir is now in its seventeenth 
year. Does Grace College consider it all 
worthwhile? Dr. Herman Hoyt, presi- 
dent of Grace Schools, said, "We 
would certainly not have the choir if it 
did not do its assigned task." We now 
ask, "What task does it have?" Profes- 
sor Ogden, chairman of the music de- 
partment, as well as the director of the 
choir, sees a fivefold responsibility laid 
upon the choir: (1) to develop a loyal- 
ty to Grace Schools within the 
churches in which they are allowed to 
minister; (2) to interest students in 
Grace College and its unique, totally 



"/ Was Scared to 
Death '' 



By Judy Herdlicka 



Op 



"peration Sunshine— what a 
fantastic week! Have you ever shared 
your faith with someone you didn't 
know? If you haven't, I challenge you 
to go to Daytona Beach, Florida, with 
Campus Crusade over spring break. 
There, ten of us from Grace, eight girls 
and two boys, joined with "God's 
squad" of seven hundred other Chris- 
tians. It was so neat to walk down the 
crowded beach relating Jesus Christ to 
some of the thousands of searching 
high school and college students. 



To help us grow in the Word, Josh 
McDowell, a very dynamic speaker, 
spoke to us every morning and evening 
on the Book of Romans. He chal- 
lenged us to take on the boldness of 
Paul and to be sensitive to people's 
needs. After our morning sessions, we 
all scattered around the churchyard 
and had our personal devotions. This 
was an especially meaningful part of 
the day since it was hard to find any 
spare time alone in our busy schedules. 
Following devotions, we met for group 
instructions and then headed for the 



beach and motels. It was really great 
to see fellow Christian believers com- 
municating the love of Christ with 
others along the beach. 

Most of the students we contacted 
were at Daytona because they wanted 
to get away from college life, its pres- 
sures and restrictions. They came to 
Daytona to "let their hair down" and 
live it up with "sex, suds, and sun" 
and believe me, they did! Yet, by the 
end of the week when they were start- 
ing to get bored, one could actually 
see a certain loneliness in their eyes. 
They were searching for something 
they couldn't find in worldly pleas- 
ures. 

On the whole, those we talked with 
were really responsive and inquisitive. 
They respected us for sharing our be- 
liefs and testimonies, and as a result 
many prayed to receive Christ. One 
girl pondered: "You mean that just by 
asking Christ into my life, I can leave 
here with all my sins forgiven?" Many 
are just starving for love and it's hard 
for them to comprehend God's great 



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Brethren Missionary Herald 



Christ-centered program; (3) "to 
strengthen Christians through testi- 
mony and praise; (4) to present, both 
in concert and out, the Lord Jesus 
Christ and His victorious atoning work 
to those who might not know Him; 
and (5) to bring each choir member to 
a new and higher plane of Christian 
endeavor, love, and insight. 

Churches, and individuals within 
churches, have sacrificed in order to 
aid Grace Schools financially. This is a 
very powerful indicator of their loyal- 
ty and support. In turn, these people 
who stand by, and with, Grace College 
and its endeavor to provide a truly 
Christian liberal-arts education, are de- 
serving of our best. Further, the ex- 
pressions of thanks and the hospitality 
provided by the pastors and people 
gave us an added challenge to be faith- 
ful. Their warmth and gratitude con- 
firmed the correctness of our ministry 
in presenting Jesus Christ. 

Young people who are now at 
Grace will ofttimes remark that the 
students on such team endeavors were 
the keys to convincing them that 
Grace College could provide what they 
wanted in an education. A living 
Christ, relevant to their problems and 
their desires, was portrayed. 

Feedback comes to the college 



from many who have been blessed by 
the ministry of the choir. If the Lord 
Jesus has been lifted up and praised by 
their ministry, the choir is happy. But 
even more joy is felt when the people 
of God relay that they have been 
touched by the message brought. One 
choir member said: "To be used by 
God for His service was the part of 
choir tour that meant more to me than 
all the good times." 

Since Jesus Christ is our message, 
there is no greater joy than to see 
someone accept Him as personal 
Saviour. Randy Shultz, a freshman 
from Whittier, California, was used by 
the Lord in a special way on tour. "I 
had the opportunity to lead others to 
the Lord and to see unhappy people 
come to a saving knowledge of Jesus 
Christ. Being used by the Lord and ex- 
periencing Christian fellowship with 
the kids has been the highpoint of my 
life. And I'm happy to say that the 
Lord has only begun to work." 

We have many precious memories 
of tour, including the unity felt as we 
laid hold upon God to work, and then 
saw the hand of God move. The real 
key was the fact that many of us had 
asked God to clean up our lives as 
well. When we fully dedicated our lives 
to Christ, the choir became one. 



There were spiritual victories within 
the group. Sallie Bechtel, a Creative 
Studies Major from Minerva, Ohio, 
said that she became tired of trying to 
"fake" Christianity. "This role really 
began to grind on my nerves when I 
found out that my 'imitation' Chris- 
tianity was far from the faith which 
the kids in the concert choir pos- 
sessed! They really lived what they 
said they believed, and I thank God 
for using them to bring me to a true 
saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus 
Christ on this tour." 

Is choir tour worthwhile? Prof. 
Ogden feels that blessing in any area 
makes it worthwhile. Only the Lord 
knows all that results from a tour like 
the one just completed. As a choir, we 
want God's will . . . nothing more and 
definitely nothing less. We believe in 
God's working and that Grace Schools 
will continue to follow God's direc- 
tion. As long as there is a faithful 
Grace College, we want an active, 
working, serving Concert Choir. 

Perhaps the theme of the choir can 
be summed up in a short chorus which 
became very precious to those on 
tour— "All that I am; All that I have; 
All I shall ever be; Cannot repay the 
Love Debt I owe. I surrender to 
Thee." # 



love and concern for their lives. 

The New Folk, J.P.'s, who are a 
Christian folk rock group, Andre Kole, 
and the Campus Crusade weight-lifting 
team all played an important part in 
reaching students for Jesus Christ. 
After each performance, two crusade 
kids would "divide and conquer," that 
is, on a one-to-one basis we would con- 
front these students with the claims of 
Christ. 

Yes, those of us who had the op- 
portunity to go to Daytona, really 
learned and experienced something of 
what the abundant and fruitful life of 
a Christian is about. 

Cheryl Robinson, a freshman at 
Grace, says, "For the first time in 
eighteen years I have learned how to 
very simply give even total strangers 
the opportunity to receive Christ, by 
simply presenting the Four Spiritual 
Laws. All we need to do is share God's 
Word with them and the Holy Spirit 
will take care of the rest. Why don't 
more of us relate our faith with 
others? It's such a thrill and privilege." 



Vickie Guilliams, also a Grace fresh- 
man, relates: "The Lord allowed me to 
give these students an opportunity to 
accept Christ, not as just a 'good man' 
or someone irrelevant to this world, 
but as their own personal Saviour." 

" 'I am not ashamed of the gospel 
of Christ!' These words of Paul were 
repeated over and over by me, Jane 
Moulton, as I walked slowly on the 
beach looking for the one God wanted 
me to talk to. The privilege was defi- 
nitely mine as I related the love, of 
Jesus Christ to high school and college 
girls. No one laughed or became angry. 
They knew their need, and were 
searching for an answer to their mean- 
ingless lives. God blessed me a hundred 
times over for giving my Easter 
vacation back to Him, but the greatest 
blessing of all was to see one of the 
girls I talked to receive Christ into her 
heart." 

The Lord really can use our bodies 
if we are only willing to say, "God, 
here's my life, use it." I hate to say 
this, but it took me twenty-one years 



to find this out. I am presently a 
senior at Grace but never in all my life 
have I experienced the joy and en- 
thusiasm that I now have— and it all 
happened just' by letting God speak 
through me. Before I went to Day- 
tona I was scared to death, but the 
Lord helped me to overcome this fear 
by putting my eyes on Him. He 
showed me that I am not to be em- 
barrassed or ashamed but I am to 
speak out with boldness. In Philippians 
1:20 we read, "According to my 
earnest expectation and my hope, that 
in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that 
with all boldness, as always, so now 
also Christ shall be magnified in my 
body, whether it be by life, or by 
death." 

This past week I claimed this as my 
life's verse. Now I pray that those of 
us who were blessed at Daytona, will 
not lose our joy and enthusiasm, but 
will carry it over to you, so that you, 
too, can experience the abundant and 
fruitful Christian life. It's the greatest! 



May 15, 1971 



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The Grace Schools maintenance crew: (I to r) George Miley, Joe Vandermolen, Dale Martin, 
Glenn Stauffer, John Hartman, Harold Witzky, superintendent of buildings and grounds. 



Maintenance Is 
Their Ministry 



By Wes Stouder 



George Miley 




Joe Vandermolen 



Mrs. Lee Jenkins, secretary 




Photos by John Burtoft 



Opring is the most beautiful 
season of the year. At least to people 
who live in areas that have long, cold 
winters, the returning robins are a wel- 
come sight. Spring is an especially en- 
joyable time for the Grace College 
students, when the fresh breath of a 
gentle breeze brings back beauty and 
life to the winter-stricken campus. The 
budding flowers, green grass, and the 
well-manicured landscape are a credit 
to the never-ending efforts of the 
maintenance department. 

The department, supervised by Mr. 
Harold Witzky for the past seven 
years, consists of eight full-time em- 
ployees. Each man feels he was called 
here by the Lord to serve in his own 
individual way. Many have left better 
jobs and higher pay, but "it's worth 
it," as Mr. Witzky commented. "With 
the job I had before I came here, I 
could have sent someone in my place, 
paid him out of my salary, and still 
made more than I'm making now; but 
Grace offers us more than money— it's 
my ministry." 

Each man not only has his specific 
field, as a plumber, carpenter or 
mechanic, but he is also on full-time 
duty in case of any type of emergency. 
Even on "off-days," such as those dur- 
ing a vacation, the department is busy. 



An example of this is the Easter 
vacation project of remodeling the 
World Missionary Press building for 
future occupancy by the music depart- 
ment. 

In addition to the eight full-time 
men, forty-four students are employed 
in night-watch or janitorial positions 
on a part-time schedule. These stu- 
dents not only clean classroom build- 
ings and dormitories, but also do much 
of the painting of property owned by 
the college and Winona Lake Christian 
Assembly. Painting is a year-round 
task because Winona Lake is a summer 
resort area, and the buildings are in 
frequent use during the Bible confer- 
ences. 

Much equipment is necessary to 
keep such a large facility in first-class 
condition. The maintenance depart- 
ment alone has seventeen vehicles, and 
services two coachbuses, five station 
wagons, and two sedans for the col- 
lege. There is a wide range of equip- 
ment and uses for them. The depart- 
ment's four panel trucks, for instance, 
haul everything from the music depart- 
ment's instruments during the school 
year, trash during the summer, to 
night watchmen all year round. On 
any given day, one might see a caravan 
of the department's five pickups, three 
farm tractors, two lawn mowers, a 



dump truck, or maybe on special days 
the bulldozer or crane. 

To keep such a fleet of equipment 
in good running order a garage was 
built, and a 30 by 60 foot addition 
made last year. This new addition in- 
cludes hydraulic equipment to lighten 
the load of Mr. John Hartman, the 
school's full-time mechanic. Mr. Hart- 
man is charged with the responsibility 
of upkeep on all maintenance vehicles, 
in addition to those of the college and 
assembly. 

But if this isn't enough to keep 
them busy, the maintenance depart- 
ment always has the Bennet Farm 
Project. This farm was purchased by 
the school and for the past three years 
approximately fifteen acres of this 
fifty-seven acre farm have been culti- 
vated for soybeans and soil bank. Next 
year, however, the remaining land will 
be cultivated for "homesteaders." A 
trailer park and campground has re- 
cently been approved, and is in the 
planning stages. 

After a brief look at the complex 
organization of the Grace College 
Maintenance Department it is much 
easier to appreciate the never-ending 
effort put forth by these individuals, 
who make not only spring, but all year 
round more pleasant for the students 
at Grace. # 



Glenn Stauffer and Dale Martin 



John Hartman 




May 15, 1971 



23 



First in a series by Albert J. Philippi 



Your Estate and 
Deferred Giving 



This is the fust in a series of articles pre- 
sented to provide you with much needed 
information in the area of deferred giving. 

Albert J. Philippi is now associated with 
the Development Department of Grace 
Schools as a stewardship counselor on a 
part-time basis. For the past fifteen years he 
has been associated with Moody Bible In- 
stitute as a regional stewardship representa- 
tive. 

I am sure these articles by Mr. Philippi, 
wil] prove most helpful to many of our 
friends who believe in Christian higher edu- 
cation at Grace Schools. -Richard G. Mess- 
ner. Director of Development 

First of all—let us define the term 
"Deferred Giving." Usually this term is 
used to represent your intention to 
give money or property (real or per- 
sonal) for future distribution to your 
favorite college, church, or charity. 
When such a gift is made, the indi- 
vidual generally retains a financial in- 
terest in the transaction during his or 
her lifetime, and sometimes during the 
lifetime of a survivor. 

A deferred gift may be made either 
revocable or irrevocable— the donor 
may retain the privilege of withdraw- 
ing any portion or all the principal if 
the agreement is revocable. Naturally, 
if it is an irrevocable agreement, the 
donor receives only the interest on his 
investment. In either case, revocable or 
irrevocable, upon the death of the 
donor or donors, the principal amount 
invested (corpus) will become the 
property of your college, church or 
charity subsequent to the provisions of 
the original agreement. 

There are many types of deferred 
giving: wills, annuities, life income 
agreements, bonds, trusts and bene- 
ficiaries of life insurance policies. 
These are just a few suggested methods 
of giving to your choice Christian 
ministry. Each method of giving will 
be presented in a separate article. 

We are not attorneys and we are 




Mr. Albert J. Philippi 

NOT giving legal advice. Wills and 
other legal documents should be pre- 
pared by an attorney. 

Our only purpose in writing this 
series of articles is to challenge each 
reader to "Set thine house in order" 
(II Kings 20:1). The Lord has made it 
possible for us to have these earthly 
possessions, and ". . . it is required in 
stewards, that a man be found faith- 
ful" (I Cor. 4:2). Let us introduce the 
forms of deferred giving with the sub- 
ject of Wills. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF A WILL 

Who should have a will? A good 
"rule of thumb" is that every adult, 
twenty-one years of age and older, 
should have a properly prepared and 
executed will. It has often been said 
that, second to your salvation, a 
properly prepared will is the most im- 
portant transaction you will ever make 
in your lifetime. 

A large number of people die yearly 
without a will (intestate), which re- 
sults in a shrinkage or an entire loss of 
a lifetime estate that would normally 
go to loved ones or into the Lord's 
work. Very few people plan to die in- 



testate; likewise, very few plan to die 
before they accept the Lord as their 
personal Saviour. However, when 
death comes it is forever too late to 
make provision for the disposition of 
our earthly possessions, and— too late 
to prepare for one's eternal life. Pro- 
crastination is the thief that causes 
both intestacy and a person to go into 
a Christless grave! 

It is not possible for me to conduct 
a WILL Clinic in every church, nor is it 
possible for me to sit down with every 
family in the privacy of their own 
home to assist with estate matters. 
Therefore, it is our purpose to visit 
with you through this column "Your 
Estate and Deferred Giving," trying to 
point out the danger signals of dying 
intestate, and the advantages of having 
a properly prepared and executed will. 
We will continue our visit regarding 
wills in the next Grace Schools issue of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald. In the 
meantime, if we can be of assistance to 
you, please contact us at Grace 
Schools, Development Department, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (Phone 
219-267-8191). » 



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Brethren Missionary Herald- 1940-1 971 ... 3 
How Does Our Denominational Magazine 

Function? 5 

Subscriptions -The Lifeblood of Your 

Herald Magazine! 

The Mechanics of Producing Your Herald 

Magazine 8 

The College Bookstore— Serving Grace 

Schools and Your Church 10 

BMH Produces and Supplies Sunday-school 

Materials for Your Church 12 

BMH Books. BMH Recordings-Our Wholesale 

Divisions 13 

BMH Printing— Our Newest Department ... 14 
BMH Spreads Gospel With Free Literature 

Program Hi 

We Are a Landlord, Too 17 

BMH Operates a Mailing and Addressograph 

Service 18 

Reflections By Still Waters 19 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions-Rev. John Zielasko WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Pam Walters 

Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer NFGBM-Mr. Phil Landrum 

May 29, 1971 

Volume 33, Number 1 1 

Brethren Missionary Herald Issue 



<<IS2s^ 



EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 



SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
S4.00 a year; foreign, $5.00. Special rates to churches. 



God has blessed these 31 years! 

Brethren 
Missionary 
Herald 
1940 - 1971 



In the first issue of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Dr. Alva J. McClain wrote in an editorial: "In 
planning and launching this new magazine, which makes its 
bow in the year 1940, its sponsors made no mistake in their 
selection of an appropriate name. They began with the name, 
"The Brethren Herald, ' very happily chosen as the 
caption of the Home Council magazine, and simply added the 
word 'Missionary,' placing it squarely in the center of the 
original name, a prophecy we trust, of the central place 
that missions shall hold in its pages. Thus the entire name 
contains three important words, each one indicating a 
specific task, and which taken together suggest the three- 
fold policy and program of the magazine" (January 6, 
1940-Page 2). Thirty-one years later the policy and the 
program remain the same— Brethren, Missionary, Herald. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Co. was incorporated 
in the early months of 1 940 to carry on the ministry 
of the printed page in the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches. Through the years that followed, many new areas 
have been entered, but the goals have remained basically 
the same. Dr. Charles W. Mayes, then pastor of the West 
Tenth Street Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, became the 
first editor and Rev. Leo Polman had much to do with the 
production of the magazine, in connection with his pastor- 
ate in the First Brethren Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
In 1941 a large, gray stone residence was purchased in 
Winona Lake and was transformed into a publishing house. 

The Herald remained in this residence at Fourth and 
Chestnut Streets until the dedication of the present 
facilities on King's Highway. Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum became 
Executive Editor in 1953 and foresaw the need to build to 
meet the needs of future ministry. In December 1954 land 
was purchased and building began. At the 67th annual con- 
ference of the NFBC, on the beautiful Sunday afternoon of 
August 26, 1956, the new building was dedicated. 



^he BRETHREN 
HERALD 




The first cover of The Brethren Herald, forerunner of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald. It was first published in February, 1939, by the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. The late Dr. R. Paul Miller was 
editor. 



The new building was to serve as the sales area for 
the bookstore as well as the administrative offices for 
the Herald Company. The total cost of the building with 
real estate and fixtures was $139,000. It was also to be 
the headquarters for Brethren Home Missions, Brethren 
Foreign Missions and the Christian Education Department. 

Through the years, the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company was to enter into many different phases of the 
work of the printed page. The company is probably best 
known for the magazine with a circulation of over 10,000. 
The College Bookstore is the face of the Herald Co. to 
the hundreds of Grace Schools students. To thousands of 
people in the Sunday schools of the National Fellowship we 
are the printers and publishers of the Adult Bible School 
Quarterlies that they study week by week. Also we are BMH 
Books and BMH Recordings to a number of other people 
throughout the United States. Gospel tracts and pamphlets 
on Brethren beliefs bear the name of BMH. The names of 
Brethren authors appear more frequently on all forms of 
printed material through the outreach of the Brethren 
(Continued next page) 



1940-1971 . . . (Continued) 

Missionary Herald Co. In 1969 a printing division was 
added to the work and Bruce Brickel was called to head up 
this work. Much of the literature and information that 
comes from our Fellowship and its missionary and educa- 
tional agencies comes through BMH Printing. 

Times change and the work of the Lord moves forward. 
As we have spent time going through the first issues of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald it makes us aware of the 
difference that thirty-one years can make. It also brings 
a note of thanksgiving for the blessing of the Lord upon 
the work of the printed page. A look at the change in 
finances brings this into sharp focus. The 1940 annual 
reports shows an income statement of $12,182.88. This 
would be just about one week's income in the year 1971. 
With the increase of divisions and income there is also the 
increase of responsibility. There is the need to constantly 
remind ourselves that we are Brethren, that we desire to 
be Missionary, and that we intend to Herald the Gospel of 



EDITOR'S NOTE: Our thanks to Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr., for 
historical information from his book 250 years . . . 
Conquering Fron tiers. 



Christ to people. 

Share with us in this special issue the work of the 
printed page as we tell you about your work in the Brethrer 
Church that you have entrusted us to do. Save this Herald 
as a reminder to pray for us and as a reminder that we want 
to serve you and bring the work of the Brethren Church anc 
the Lord to its full potential.-CW *j 




The first home of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., in Winona 
Lake, Indiana, was this large stone residence located at 100 Fourth 
Street. 




Covers of the Herald 
magazine from the 
1940's, 50's and 60's, 
indicate the progress 
made in an effort to 
produce good quality. 




Departmental editors meet to discuss the Herald. They are (I to r) Dr. Harold Etling, Christian Education Dept.; Rev. John Zielasko, 
3rethren Foreign Missions; Rev. Charles Turner, Brethren Missionary Herald; Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, WMC; Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Grace 
Schools; Rev. Lester Pifer, Brethren Home Missions. Not able to be present were Pam Walters, SMM; and Phil Landrum, National Fellowship 
)f Grace Brethren Men. 



The Herald magazine . . . our primary responsibility 



HOW DOES 

OUR 

DENOMINATIONAL 

MAGAZINE 

FUNCTION? 



You've probably already read the 
opening article on the preceding pages 
about the history of our Missionary 
Herald magazine. But, how does our 
magazine function today? 

Although the primary responsibility 
for the magazine rests with the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., all of the 
organizations and boards of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches cooperate in submitting 
material for publication. The first issue 
of each month features Brethren 
Foreign Missions, our Women's Mis- 
sionary Council, the SMM girls, and 
periodically the National Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Men and the Chris- 
tian Education Department. The 
second issue each month spotlights 
Brethren Home Missions and Grace 
Schools. The front covers of the maga- 
zine are shared on a rotating basis. The 
news pages, editorials, various infor- 
mational articles, and devotional 
features are interspersed with the 
material from our national organiza- 
tions, who share in the expenses of the 
publication. 

This type of plan for a denomi- 
national magazine is unique, and has 
demonstrated through the passing 
years, the close-knit working relation- 
ship of our NFBC organizations. And, 
(Continued next page) 



How Does . . . (Continued) 

even though our individual churches 
have a congregational type of govern- 
ment, God has richly blessed the unity 
which has been demonstrated as 
churches and national organizations 
have worked together to present the 
claims of Christ to a dying world. 

Progress in updating and keeping 
the magazine abreast of changing 
editorial and production methods has 
been significant. One only has to look 
back through the issues of the past 
thirty-one years to see the great strides 
which have been made. One factor in 
the progress of the Herald magazine is 
our membership in the Evangelical 
Press Association. This association 
comprised of over one hundred re- 
ligious periodicals (denominational, in- 
dependent, missionary, and so forth) 
holds an annual convention in the 
interest of stimulating the members to 
reach new highs in Christian journal- 
ism. 

It was the privilege of seven persons 
to attend the most recent EPA con- 
vention, held May 10-12 in Chicago. 
Four persons from the Missionary' 
Herald, and one each from Grace 
Schools, Brethren Foreign Missions 
and Brethren Home Missions spent 
three days in concentrated workshops 
and meetings. It was a profitable time, 
and outstanding speakers and leaders 
in all fields of religious and secular 
journalism were featured. 

We trust this little insight into the 
magazine's function has been infor- 
mative and helpful. In succeeding 
pages, you'll see how we produce it, 
how subscriptions are handled, and 
also read about the other departments 
of the Missionary Herald Co. # 



Mrs. Jo Disbro serves as assistant 

to the chief accountant. She is shown 

here preparing a bank deposit on the 

NCR bookkeeping machine. 

The work of the 

three persons pictured on this page 

interlocks with all of the various 

BMH departments you'll be reading 

about on the pages to follow. 



Mrs. Virginia Hinkel 
serves as the secretary 
to the executive editor 
and general manager, 
caring for the corre- 
spondence of the various 
departments within the 
company. She also 
assists in production 
of material for the 
Herald, Sunday-school 
quarterlies, and BMH 
Printing work. 




Mr. Wayne Guthrie is 
the chief accountant 
for the company, and 
is responsible for the 
supervision of the 
financial office and 
the transactions of 
all departments of the 
BMH. 



6 




Herald mailing day comes every two 

weeks, and usually several persons 

from various departments join together 

to get your copy in the mail and on 

the way to you. 







Subscriptions - 

the Lifeblood of Your Herald Magazine! 



"It's time to renew your Missionary Herald sub- 
scription!" You've probably heard these words from your 
pastor or church-subscription secretary sometime during 
the past year. 

Once a year, your church receives a list of all Herald 
subscribers. It's then the task of your pastor or sub- 
scription secretary to add or delete names from the list 
and forward the information on to Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, 
who cares for them at the BMH. 

A large percentage of Herald subscriptions come in 
through this church "group plan," and reduced prices are 
offered on subscriptions we receive in this manner. 

Many churches automatically send the Herald into the 
homes of all members, and ask that those receiving it 
reimburse the church. It is also sent to prospective members 
by some churches. Complimentary copies of the Herald are 
sent to hospitals or libraries in those towns where churches 
are "100%" in their subscriptions. By "100%" we mean the 
membership of the church divided by three, to arrive at a 
"total family" number. 

You may be interested to know that some of our foreign 
missionaries receive their copy of the Herald perhaps 
before you do! Air mail copies of each issue are sent to 



selected central points on all nine Brethren mission fields, 
and the copies are passed around. This enables the mission- 
aries to get the latest NFBC news, while it's still fresh. 
Reports of copies reaching Africa five or six days after 
they are placed in the mail by BMH are not unusual. 

The most recent Missionary Herald magazine, dated 
May 15, was mailed to 10,193 subscribers. Income from sub- 
scriptions in 1970 supplied 74% of the total revenue 
received, with our national boards of our church supplying 
the remaining 26%. Even with more than $71,000 in revenue 
during 1970, it cost $81,000 to produce the Herald. 
Your gifts to the publication offering helped to offset this 
loss of almost $10,000 in the past year. 

It seems that we share the "income-and-cost gap" 
with many denominational magazines as well as secular 
publications. Many famous names in the publications field 
have stopped their presses. Ever-increasing costs are 
spiraling, and it just isn't possible to keep raising 
subscription prices to offset mounting costs. 

Your patronage and gifts help keep this magazine coming 
your way. Thank you, Brethren, for your prayers and support 
these past thirty-one years. 

m 



The 

Mechanics 

of 

Producing 

Your 

Herald 

Magazine 



Every two weeks a new issue of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald reaches 
your mailbox. Each issue that comes 
to you is the result of five weeks of 
preparation by the editorial staff, 
typesetters, and printers. The maga- 
zine you are now reading started 
through the process over a month ago. 

This time span is necessary because 
of the many steps a magazine must go 
through before it becomes a finished 
product. Here is a step-by-step look at 
the various phases this magazine goes 
through before it reaches your home. 

As you have already read, the 
various boards are responsible for pro- 
viding copy. This material is then sub- 
mitted to the editorial staff five weeks 
before the issue date. 

The first process is to size the copy, 
determining the length of an article in 
its final column style. (This involves 
fitting the copy to the available space.) 
With this information, the copy can be 
combined with pictures and headlines 
to form the preliminary page layouts. 
This operation is handled by Ken 
Herman, managing editor, and Tim 
Rager, his assistant. 

The copy can then be sent on its 
way to be set in type. The first stop is 
proofreading in the office of Mrs. 
Conard Sandy, editorial secretary. She 
reads the copy for any errors, and 
edits the copy to conform to the 




Mr. Kenneth Herman, left, 
BMH managing editor, and 
Mr. Tim Rager, his assist- 
ant, discuss a layout prob- 
lem on one of the pages. 



Mrs. Fern Sandy, 
editorial secretary, 
reads all the material 
to make sure it is 
"editorially correct" 
before typesetting is 
done. 




Mrs. Omega Sandy (sister-in-law of Mrs. Fern Sandy) is shown at the 
IBM Magnetic Tape Selectric Composer, which sets all the type for the 
Herald magazine, Sunday-school quarterlies and BMH Printing dept. 
work. She is the employee with the longest term of service at the BMH 
(14 years) and is also responsible for the BMH magazine subscription 
list. 



8 




At the BMH Printing dept, (left) the 
magazine is prepared for the camera. 
Mr. Bruce Brickel puts the finishing 
touches on a page. Below, left, you see 
the huge two-color press at the Free 
Methodist publishing house on which 
your magazine is printed. Below is 
the BMH addressing machine which 
imprints your name and address on 
the back cover. 



policies of the Herald stylebook. 

After the corrections are made, the 
copy is passed to Mrs. A. Rollin 
Sandy, selectric composer operator. 
All the copy for the Herald is set on 
the IBM Selectric Composer with a 
computer unit. The copy is typed once 
onto a tape. The play-back computer 
is then programmed for type style and 
size and the tape is run through this 
unit. With a clatter, the keys fly much 
faster than a human operator could 
do, and out comes finished copy, with 
the columns all "justified." 

Again this copy is proofread for 
typographical errors. With the cor- 
rections made, the copy is fitted on 
pages in final form according to the 
directions on the preliminary layouts. 
Photocopies of all these pages are 
made and proofs of the pictures are 
pasted on. These pages, called "dum- 
mies," should look exactly like the 
finished page, to serve as a guide for 
the printer. 

Next, the pages go to the BMH 
printing department where they are 
prepared for the camera. The Herald 
magazine is printed by the offset 
process, which requires a photograph 
and a negative of all materials. 

Because BMH Printing does not yet 
have sufficient space and an automatic 
collator-stitcher to handle a job as 
large as the Herald, it is printed by the 
Free Methodist Publishing House in 
Winona Lake. They have been printing 
the Herald for more than twenty-five 




years. Here the plates for the offset 
presses are made from the negatives, 
and the magazine is printed, stapled 
and trimmed. 

After being loaded into two large 
skids, the Herald magazines are de- 
livered to the BMH mailing depart- 
ment. Over 10,000 are run through the 
addressing machine. Mrs. Frances Ash- 
man, Mrs. Delia Nagel and others work 
in preparing and sacking each issue for 
mailing. To reach all parts of the 
country on time, the Herald magazines 
are normally mailed nine days prior to 
the date on the cover. 

These various phases of magazine 
production are repeated month after 
month as the Brethren Missionary 
Herald seeks to keep you informed 
about the outreach of our church. # 



The last operation/ Dale Forrest, a 
Grace Seminary student and part-time 
BMH employee, throws the mail bags 
containing Herald magazines into the 
truck for delivery to the post office. 





Rev. Charles Koontz (left). 
College Bookstore manager, 
and his assistant. Rev. Ralph 
Burns, check over their 
inventory in one of the book 
areas. 



The College Bookstore - Servirr 



The primary source of knowledge for the average 
person is probably books. Pastors, teachers, laymen, 
students, children . . . everyone reads books. That's 
why the ministry of the College Bookstore is so im- 
portant. 

In this day of increasing emphasis on mass com- 
munication, thousands of books are being published 
on every subject. It is vital that Christianity keep up 
with the pace. The Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
operates the College Bookstore to help you keep up 
with the latest in Bibles, textbooks, commentaries, 
devotional books and Christian-education materials. 

As the name indicates, the College Bookstore is 
the official supplier of textbooks and materials for 
Grace Schools. At the beginning of each semester, 
hundreds of students from the college and seminary 
converge on the bookstore to buy their textbooks, 
paper, notebooks, pens and any other supplies they 
will need throughout the school year. 

A great deal of mail-order business is also handled 
daily. Out-of-town individuals and churches of the 
NFBC are loyal to the College Bookstore as a source 
for their literature supplies. Sales by mail order and 
through the store furnish a large share of the income 
for the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. Last year 



10 



Miss Carlene Weirick, bookstore 
assistant, completes a transaction 
with a customer at the checkout 
register. 




these sales totaled $159,000. 

Charles Koontz is the bookstore manager. He over- 
sees the total operation of the store— working with 
professors, setting up workshops, and dealing with 
salesmen. 

Assisting in the bookstore management is Ralph 
Burns. Some of his time is used in visiting area 
churches of all denominations, explaining the minis- 
try of the College Bookstore as a dealer of evangelical 
materials for use in Sunday schools and churches. 

Carlene Weirick is the bookstore assistant, and is 
responsible for filling all mail orders, handling most 
of the secretarial duties and serving as clerk. 

The College Bookstore is an important avenue in 
fulfilling the purpose of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co. in spreading the Gospel through the 
printed page. It is in business to serve you and help 
meet your needs in the area of literature and supplies. 



rcoNeqe 
Book Store 

/ NOWHERE 


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The sign in front of the bookstore an- 
nounces special features on sale in the book- 
store, and is also used for promoting com- 
munity and Grace Schools events. 



race Schools and Your Church 



Interior view of the College Bookstore. 

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BMH Produces and Supplies 
Sunday- school Materials ror 
Your Church 



For a number of years, the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., has pro- 
duced the Bible-O-Rama series of 
studies for use in adult Sunday-school 
classes. In a period of ten years, the 
course surveys the Old Testament once 
and the New Testament twice. 

Teacher's material for the course is 
written by various Brethren pastors, 
missionaries, and professors at Grace 
Schools. For over twenty years, the 
student's material has been written by 
Rev. Mark Malles, pastor of the Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church, War- 
saw, Indiana, and secretary of the 
board of trustees of the Herald Co. 

The production of these adult 
courses enables our distinctive Breth- 
ren beliefs and practices to be in- 
corporated in the Bible studies. This 
would not be possible if interde- 
nominational materials were used. 
Some of our Brethren pastors, mission- 
aries, and laymen use the quarterlies as 
reference commentaries, and the 
Herald Co. keeps a large stock of back 
issues for this purpose and also for 
Sunday-school classes which may wish 
to study a particular book of the Bible 
as an elective course. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
works very closely with the Christian 
Education Department in matters re- 
lated to Sunday-school material. Joint 
committees from both organizations 
meet periodically throughout the year 



Mrs. Joyce Durkee cares for the BMH 
Sunday-school curriculum orders, 
serving local churches and processing 
orders from Brethren churches across 
the nation. 



to plan and make recommendations. 
These joint committees make decisions 
as to the books of the Bible to be 
studied as well as the authors who will 
write the materials. 

But what about Sunday-school 
materials for nursery up to the adult 
level? Why doesn't the Herald Co. do 
something in this area? This is a ques- 
tion frequently asked. 

The National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches is a relatively small de- 
nomination. The 1969 statistical re- 
port showed a total Sunday-school 
enrollment of 41,382. It would just 
not be economically possible to pro- 
duce a complete Sunday-school cur- 
riculum for this size enrollment. Prices 
for the material would be fantastically 
high. Consequently, evangelical inter- 



denominational materials are used for 
the nursery through high school de- 
partments. 

Currently among our Brethren 
churches purchasing their materials 
through the Herald Co., about 60% use 
Gospel Light curriculum and 40% fol- 
low the Scripture Press material. In 
some departments of our churches, a 
small amount of Union Gospel Press, 
David C. Cook, and Standard Publish- 
ing materials are used. 

Approximately 89% of our Breth- 
ren churches order their Sunday- 
school supplies through the Herald Co. 
Materials are shipped from any pub- 
lisher the church requests, at no extra 
cost. The church pays the identical 
price it would pay if orders were 
placed direct to the publisher . . . and 
the Herald Co. receives a small com- 
mission from the sale. 

Prompt, efficient service is offered 
to all our Brethren churches. Phone 
calls to publishers, UPS and special de- 
livery shipments, and other methods 
are used to insure your getting 
materials on time. If we're not serving 
your church . . . give us a trial! # 




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BMH Books 
BMH Recordings 




OUR WHOLESALE 
DIVISIONS 



Who should take the responsibility of promoting 
Brethren authors and musicians? We feel this is the 
responsibility of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., 
and for this reason our wholesale divisions, BMH Books 
and BMH Recordings, were formed. These two divisions 
of the Herald Co., are relatively new and not too well 
known by the people of our Fellowship. 

Both programs require a large outlay of funds that 
does not come back into the company for extended 
periods of time. Publishing one book or LP record will 



Dr. Herman A. 
Hoyt, president 
of Grace Schools, 
autographs copies 
of his Revelation 
book, published 
by BMH Books. 




cost thousands of dollars and will provide a supply of 
that particular item for five to seven years. Being the 
organization within the framework of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches that most logically 
should handle these tasks, we have undertaken this 
investment as part of our ministry. 

In the area of BMH Books, we work cooperatively on 
some titles with two major evangelical publishing houses 
—Moody Press and Baker Book House. This method of co- 
publishing helps to reduce costs substantially. The 
press run of each book is divided with our portion of 
books bearing the BMH label and the remaining copies-the 
name of the cooperating publisher. This cooperation with 
the national marketing programs of these major 
publishers is a great asset to BMH Books. 

In the last few years, BMH Books has produced items 
by Dr. L. L. Grubb, Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Dr. Bernard 
Schneider, Rev. Tom Mien, Dr. John C. Whitcomb, Jr., 
(Continued on page 16 J 



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Mr. Bruce Brick el (right) BMH Printing 
dept. manager, checks over a press 
sheet with Mr. Dick Rosbrugh, press- 
man. Press in the foreground is 
Heidelberg offset type, purchased in 
1969. 




PRINTING 



Our Newest Department 



Mr. Ray Maurer, assistant manager of 
BMH Printing, adjusts a piece of copy 
in the camera. 




Beginning with two employees in 
1969, BMH Printing became the new- 
est phase of operation for the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co. One small offset 
press was set up in leased quarters, and 
the printing division was underway. 

Bruce Brickel felt called of the 
Lord to sell "BrucePrint," a successful 
print shop in Ohio, and come to 
Winona Lake to establish the printing 
department. 

Soon after his arrival, Bruce was 
able to set up shop. Richard Rosbrugh, 
a former employee of R. R. Donnelley 
Printing Co., was trained as the press- 
man, and the two men went to work 
immediately producing literature. 

A large percentage of your Publica- 
tions Offering for 1969-70 went to- 
ward financing the 535,000 worth of 
equipment purchased to furnish the 
printing division more completely. 
Two new presses, a folder, stitcher, 
trimmer, camera, and other items were 



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purchased to make this operation 
more functional. 

The print shop operation grew 
rapidly, and in 1970 over 1,500,000 
pieces of literature were printed. You 
have undoubtedly read many pieces of 
Brethren literature bearing the BMH 
Printing imprint. Included in this list 
are: the Brethren Home Missions— 
Communicator, Forgotten Navajo and 
prayer booklet; Brethren Foreign 
Missions— Echoes and Fields in Focus; 
Grace Schools— Sounding Board, 
Alumnews and Grace Journal; and the 
Christian Education Department 
publications— Accent and Succeed. 
The Brethren adult student and teach- 
er quarterlies are also products of the 
printing division. The newest under- 
taking is the reprinting of 250 Years, 
Conquering Frontiers, a history of the 
Brethren Church by Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Sr. 

You can readily see that our two- 
year-old child has learned to walk, and 
then run, in a very brief time. The 
sales volume in one year has moved to 
$80,000. 

The purpose of establishing a print- 
ing division is to print, at lower prices, 
regular publications, brochures, local 
church letterheads, bulletins, prayer 
cards, forms and other printed needs 
of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., 
and the national boards of the NFBC. 
In one instance, BMH Printing was 
able to save a national board $50 per 
month on one publication alone. 

The most recent addition to the 
regular list of printing jobs is MAN to 
MAN, monthly publication of the 
National Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Men. The complete design, layout, 
typesetting and printing is handled by 



Mr. Aldo Hoyt, 
Grace College 
student and part- 
time employee of 
the BMH Printing 
dept, is shown at 
the paper cutter. 
He is the son of 
Rev. and Mrs. 
Solon Hoyt, mis- 
sionaries to 
Argentina. 



BMH Printing. 

One of the greatest assets of BMH 
Printing is an increase in Brethren liter- 
ature produced by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Co. By keeping the 
printing within the company, pro- 
duction costs and selling prices are 
kept as low as possible. 

As the volume of business ex- 
panded, more employees were added 
to the print shop staff. Ray Maurer 
came as assistant manager, working 




mainly with the camera and in the 
darkroom. Part-time employees in- 
clude Mrs. Bonnie Storey and Aldo 
Hoyt, who mainly care for the folding, 
stitching and trimming of printed jobs. 
The future holds many areas for ex- 
pansion of the BMH Printing ministry. 
With your financial help, the volume 
of top-quality Brethren literature can 
be increased. In turn, this literature 
can be used profitably by you and 
your church. • 



Shown setting type for some of the 

headlines used in the printing dept. 

is Mrs. Bonnie Storey, a part-time 

employee and Grace Seminary 

student's wife. 




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BMH Spreads 
Gospel with 

Free Literature 
Program 




Some examples of the free literature distributed by the BMH. 



"We're having a special visitation emphasis. Please 
send us 1 ,000 copies of the Dean Risser tract, Have You 
Heard About God's Gift?"— "Our church is starting a 
branch Sunday school. We'd like to take advantage of your 
offer of a free quarter of Sund*y-school material for our 
new work."— "The missionaries here on the field would 
appreciate having the Brethren adult materials and also 
some quarterlies and take-home papers for the children." 

These are typical requests we are happy to care for as 
a part of the Missionary Herald's free literature program. 
For several years, the BMH has also supplied VBS and camp 
supplies to the Brethren Navajo Mission for their summer 
program. In fact, in 1970, almost $13,000 worth of material 
was shipped from the Herald to established Brethren 
churches, home mission points, and missionaries around the 
world. 

The latest project of the BMH free literature program 
is the production of the Dean Risser tract, Have You 
Heard About God's Gift? in Spanish. It is being offered 
free to our churches in Spanish-speaking areas, and to 
Grace College Gospel teams who contact Mexican migrant 
workers. 

The free literature program is made possible by your 
gifts to the Missionary Herald. Without them, it would be 
impossible to maintain a program of this size. You also 
have the joy of knowing that your dollars are being prayer- 
fully used in spreading the Gospel by the printed page. 

Your prayers for this area of the BMH ministry will 
be appreciated. 



BMH BOOKS, BMH RECORDINGS 

(Continued from page 13) 

Dr. John Davis, Dr. Alva J. McClain, and Mrs. Althea 
Miller. 

BMH Recordings to date has pressed two LP records by 
Jerry Franks, artist in residence and director of 
instrumental music and bands at Grace College. These 
records have been extremely popular. Featured with Mr. 
Franks has been the Grace College Community Concert 
Band and the Brass Choir. Plans are being made for 
further production in the near future. 

BMH Books and Records are sold wholesale to other 
bookstores, colleges and seminaries across the country. 
Brethren talent and the professors of the Grace Schools 
are thus becoming more prominent in evangelical circles. 

In this area of the ministry of the Herald Co., as 
well as the others described in this issue, your gifts 
to publications through the annual offering help to make 
these investments possible. Last year alone more than 
$1 1,000 was invested in new publications. It will be 
many years until sales return this amount to BMH. We 
have sought to respond to the need of what we believe to 
be some of the finest material available, the need of 
Brethren men publishing their knowledge in book form. 
Thanks for being a coworker with BMH Books and BMH 
Recordings. 



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We 
Are 



Landlord, 
Too... 



Since moving into the building on 
King's Highway in 1956, one of the 
various functions of the Herald Co. has 
been to provide rental space for the 
executive offices of Brethren Foreign 
Missions and Brethren Home Missions. 
In the 1960's we were joined by the 
Christian Education Department of 
the Brethren Church. Through the 
years this has been a very pleasant ar- 
rangement, and has served as a source 
of income for the Herald Co. as well as 
adequate facilities for these missions. 

Now, with the passing of time and 
continued growth in our Fellowship, 
we will be losing some of our tenants 
in 1972. The Herald building has been 
taxed to the limits with offices closely 
spaced throughout the facilities. The 
Home Missions Council has seen the 
need of bringing their various agencies, 
now located elsewhere, under one 



roof. Therefore, ground was broken 
this spring for a new Missions Building 
that will house Home Missions as well 
as Foreign Missions. We congratulate 
them on their forward step of vision 
and their preparation for the needs of 
the future. We will regret to say good- 
bye to them as tenants, but will wel- 
come them as new neighbors on King's 
Highway in Winona Lake. 

It appears though that our role as 
landlord is not yet over. Requests for 
space in the building are being made 
long before there are any vacancies. 
We must look forward as well to the 
growing needs of the Herald Co. with 
its various operations. Once there was 
too much space for our personal needs 
as a publishing firm, but that day has 
passed and the future must be con- 
sidered. 



Front view of the Missionary Herald building. 




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BMH Operates a Mailing 
and Addressograph Service 



With the regular publications of our 
national boards going into thousands 
of Brethren homes, it is obvious that 
an efficient addressing system is re- 
quired. Here again, the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Co. is of service. 

In the past, Home Missions, Foreign 
Missions and the Herald Co., each had 
separate mailing lists totaling approxi- 
mately 40,000 plates. This required 
personnel to maintain three mailing 
lists. Several years ago, the Herald Co. 
took steps to alleviate this situation. 
With the purchase of an Elliott 7000 
addressing machine, the three lists 
could be combined into one master list 
of 20,000 to 25,000 plates, main- 
tained by the BMH mailing depart- 




Above: The Elliott 7000 addressing 

machine, which addresses almost all 

of the publications you receive from 

the NFBC boards. A t right: Mrs. 

Frances Ashman (left) and Mrs. Delia 

Nagel checking names to be included 

in the mail file. Both ladies are 

employed full time in the mailing 

dept. at BMH. 



ment staff. The consolidation was a 
long-range project, and is still in the 
process of being completed. After this 
master list is completed, mailing lists 
of other national boards and NFBC 
auxiliary organizations will be ana- 
lyzed for the practicality of inclusion 
in the system. 

Here is an example of how this con- 
solidation saves time and expense. 
Under the old system, when a person 
who received mail from all three 
boards changed his address, three 



changes in mailing lists and addressing 
systems were necessary. Now, one 
change cares for it. 

With the Elliott system, your 
address is typed on a small stencil card 
and coded for all of the publications 
you receive. When an item is ad- 
dressed, your stencil card is "read" by 
the machine. If the proper code is 
there, your address is printed on the 
publication. If it is not there, your 
stencil card passes on through the 
machine. 

The list of publications addressed 
by this system includes: Echoes, The 
Forgotten Navajo, Communicator, 
Brethren Missionary Herald, Minute- 
Man letters and various other publi- 
cations from the national boards. 

This is another area in which the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co. is of 
service to our national boards. The 
service is also passed on to you in 
speedy, efficient mailing of Brethren 
publications. gift 




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Thoughts on the Word and Words 



"In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God. and the 
Word was God." The utter simplicity 
of John 1 : 1 is very disarming. It pre- 
sents, possibly, the greatest truth ever 
revealed and does it in the simple garb 
of understanding language. The fact 
that Christ is God and eternally dwelt 
with the Father cannot be said in a 
clearer way. Yet, we should exercise 
care not to overlook the truth because 
of the manner in which it is stated. 

I remember the first time I asked 
myself why Jesus Christ should be 
called "the Word" by John. When 1 
think of a word, it speaks to me of a 
method of communication. We all use 
words to express the things we think 
and feel. In asking myself if Christ is 
the Word in this sense, a very precious 
thought came to me. Certainly when 
the Word became flesh and appeared 
among men God had used the ultimate 




revelation to communicate to man- 
kind. What clearer way could He use 
to tell us about himself? Paul in the 
Book of Colossians said. "For in him 
dwelleth all the fulness of the God- 
head bodily." He indeed was the Word 
talking to all of us. 

There is another sense in which the 
word is important in God's work. This 
is the Word of God which tells the en- 
tire account of God's dealing with 
man. It is the full revelation of His 
person and His plan. God uses the 
Scriptures as guidelines for man's con- 
duct as well as revealing His redemp- 
tive grace. This is often called the 
"written Word." 

Closely aligned to the written Word 
is the spoken word. The writer of the 
Book of Hebrews uses an intriguing 
phrase "the word of his power." The 
Book of Genesis says that the days of 
creation began by God saying, "Let 



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By Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



there be . . . ." He spoke and it hap- 
pened. 

So we see three areas of God's use 
of words. Spoken ones to accomplish 
His will; written ones to convey His 
truth; a living one to reveal His Son. 
So God is interested in the use of 
words. But, so is the human race. The 
educator who attempts to pass on 
(Continued next page) 



Reflections . . . (Continued j 

knowledge: the policitian who sets 
forth his beliefs on curing the ills of 
society; the young man who speaks to 
his beloved; the little child speaking 
those first words. These people are in- 
terested in the use of words to express 
their desires. 

We at the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co. are interested in words 
also. They are our means of conveying 
the truth of God to the Brethren 
Churches and the world. We are 
sharing with you in this special issue 
our modus operandi. The word is 
printed in the Brethren Missionary 
Herald magazine, the books we sell 
through the mail and the bookstore, 
BMH books that we are publishing 
which are written by Brethren authors, 
the Sunday-school literature that we 
help to prepare, and the print shop that 
prints literally millions of impressions 
a year. We feel this is an important 
ministry that is to be performed for 
the Lord, and for the agencies in the 



Fellowship that we seek to serve. 

We trust that you will know us 
better after this issue and that with us 
you will pray for the printed page and 
its ministry. We would also like to have 
an interest in your giving. Many of the 
tasks that we seek to do involve great 
outlays of money and will never be 
profitable from the viewpoint of finan- 
cial gain. These are not, and have never 
intended to be. money-making opera- 
tions. They fall into the category of 
service to the Brethren Fellowship. We 
are urging a goal of S10 from each 
family in our group of churches to 
help us meet the needs of publications. 
This is a small gift for such a large 
hope of return in spiritual blessings. It 
is also a long-range goal in that as our 
needs increase we feel that the Fellow- 
ship will grow as well. With the other 
profitable parts of our company, and 
your gifts and prayers, we pledge you 
that the printed word will be faithful 
to the living Word and the written 
Word. « 




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MISSIONARY 

HERALD CO. 

STAFF 



Co-laborers with 

you in presenting 

the Gospel 



Front row, left to right: Mrs. Bonnie Storey, Miss Carlene Weirick, 
Mrs. Joyce Durkee, Mr. Wayne Guthrie, Mr. Ray Maurer, Mr. Dick 
Rosbrugh, Mrs. Delia Nagel, Mrs. Jo Disbro. Back row, left to right: 
Mrs. Omega Sandy, Rev. Charles Koontz, Mr. Aldo Hoyt, Mr. Tim 
Rager, Rev. Ralph Burns, Mrs. Virginia Hinkel, Mrs. Fern Sandy, 
Rev. Charles Turner, Mr. Kenneth Herman, Mr. Bruce Brickel, Mrs. 
Frances Ashman, Mr. Dale Forrest. 





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Situation or Spirit? 4 

By the Will of God 6 

A Lifetime Investment 8 

Termites, White Ants and African 

Buildings 9 

Dowdys Return to Argentina 10 

The Call 11 

Representative Leadership of Foreign 

Fields 12 

The Children's Page 14 

The Creative Woman 15 

Church News 16 

Rally Held at Winona 20 

Living Abundantly in the Home 21 

Following God's Will 22 

From Our Missionaries 23 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM-Miss Pam Walters 

Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer NFGBM-Mr. Phil Landrum 

COVER PHOTO: The masses need to READ about 
Christ, and realizing this need your publishing house 
seeks to present Christ, the Saviour through the print- 
ed page. During lune and July, special emphasis will 
be given to this ministry in our churches. 



Volume 33, Number 12 
June 12, 1971 

Foreign Missions and WMC Issue 



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SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$4.00 a year; foreign, $5.00. Special rates to churches. 



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Thoughts on Making Reservations 

With the coming of the warm sum- 
mer months, Americans "will take to 
the road in record numbers. They will 
be traveling by car, plane and other 
varied types of travel. They will take 
with them numerous items to make 
their trip have a touch of home-away- 
from-home. I saw a family during the 
last vacation season that had prepared 
for just about any possible need. On 
the front of their pickup they had a 
motorcycle attached, their pickup was 
a combination vehicle and home, and 
behind it they pulled a beautiful boat. 
As I traveled the next few miles, I was 
left with the problem of how they 
might be able to attach a small air- 
plane to prepare them for total travel 
by land, sea and air. I was left with the 
thought-well, you can't have every- 
thing! 

With all the planned preparation for 
travel, there have been literally mil- 
lions of reservations made. Hotels, 
motels, airlines and campsites have 
been booked in advance and the happy 



traveler is off with a full sense of 
security that all is well and that there 
are many smiling faces waiting him at 
the next stop. They will be expecting 
him, and as proof of the fact, he has 
all of the reservations neatly tucked 
into his special envelope and it is clear- 
ly marked, "Advance Reservations." 
This gives one a special sense of se- 
curity and a smug feeling that he has 
planned well and that his trip will have 
a minimum of delays and disappoint- 
ments. 

Several weeks ago I fell in the 
special category of those who planned 
well. It was a business trip to the 
nation's capital at Washington, D.C., 
and all of the airline reservations and 
hotel reservations were made several 
months in advance. All went well until 
I walked into the lobby of the hotel 
where several hundred other people 
who had made reservations were wait- 
ing. No rooms available— the hotel had 
overbooked and my reservations were 
of no value— they were simply a piece 
of paper. And the failure of the hotel 
management to honor its word left me 



with no place to go. This breakdown 
in the reservations was the result of 
the word of the person who had made 
them and was unable to fulfill the 
pledge. 

Peter spoke of "an inheritance in- 
corruptible, and undefiled, and that 
fadeth not away, reserved in heaven 
for you" (I Peter 1 :4). Jesus reminded 
His followers of "a place for you" that 
He would go to prepare. There is in 
my Christian hope a large area of an- 
ticipation of that mansion that is re- 
served for me and for all those who 
love and trust Christ. The mental 
picture that I have of this heavenly 
abiding place may not fit the actual 
circumstances of the future, but I am 
certain that I will not be disappointed. 
One of the high spots of this antici- 
pation is that God's Word speaks of it 
being reserved. Man may fail in keep- 
ing promises, either purposefully or 
unintentionally, but God always keeps 
His word. This fact lends itself to 
giving a sense of security as I know 
that everything is taken care of though 
1 may not know how. Reservations in 
the human realm may contain that 
false sense of security, but with God 
this problem is removed. 

During the pastoral days that I ex- 
perienced, there were many occasions 
to see the practical aspects of these 
thoughts. Many drawing to the final 
days of their earthly pilgrimage and 
fully aware that their days were 
limited would begin to draw on the 
knowledge that the trip before them 
had been well planned. Their reserva- 
tions had been made. The one who 
had made the promises to them could 
be fully depended upon. They were 
secure in the thoughts that someone 
had already journeyed through the ex- 
perience called death. His name was 
Jesus Christ and He had died and arose 
from the dead. He had gone on ahead 
and now they could follow. 

In the weeks just past there must be 
millions of names inserted in the re- 
servation books of commercial enter- 
prises. The wise have made their re- 
servations, and a sense of security is 
their lot. I admire their forethought 
and planning, but the underlying feel- 
ing of uneasiness is that so many have 
made preparation for a short journey. 
Yet, they have not prepared nor made 
reservations for their eternal future by 
making reservations with God through 
Jesus Christ. # 



June 12, 1971 



Could you be falling for Satan's 
counterfeit plan in determining 
what is right and wrong for 
you as a Christian? 



Situational ethics is the order of the day for the world, 
but should this apply in any way to the Christian? Since 
Christianity is caught up in the vortex of the morals and 
ethics of the world today, it is imperative that serious con- 
sideration be given by the Christian in relation to the Word 
of God in his life, and his place in the world. 

For many years the standards of the world have been 
quite different from the standards that Christians have set 
for themselves as they have interpreted the Scriptures. But 
in recent years there has come a merging of standards, so 
that in some ways the Christian public has taken on the 
standards formerly allowed only by the worldly elements. 
The result has been that young people of today have been 
unable to understand the swirl of conflicting issues that 
constantly revolve about them. They have a hard time cor- 
relating what they want to do, with the negative approach 
to their ways as voiced by their elders. They see a hypo- 
critical picture presented to them in the actions of these 
same elders. The common cult of the "generation gap" is 
further enhanced by this paradox. For the Christian world 
this brings added strain to a deteriorating situation that 
seemingly has lost its "saltiness" of preservation in a sin- 
sick world. 

Down through the centuries, Satan has come up with 
constantly changing deceptive plans to counterbalance and 
nullify the testimony of God through His children. In every 
age God has raised up a standard and a means whereby His 
Word has gone out into the world. Since World War II the 
Christians have stepped up their program of evangelizing 
the world in many ways. They have not been slack in utiliz- 
ing modern methods to carry the Gospel to all people. The 
church at home has expanded numerically, financially, and 
in building. An educated and spiritually alert mass of Chris- 
tians has literally carried out the great commission. Yet in 
all this Satan has infiltrated through the world into the 
realm of Christianity with a deceptiveness that is under- 
mining the stronghold of God. Therefore, unless Chris- 
tianity becomes alert and takes effective countermeasures, 
the gains made for Christ may be lost. 

With the coming affluence of society in recent years and 
the parallel philosophies of pragmatism and existentialism, 
which has produced a morass of helplessness in society as to 
its future, it has become commonplace for everyone to "do 
his own thing." This is a popular idea, which has in its 



1 Situation 



By Prof. John Stoll 



or 



Spirit 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



underlying philosophy of Satanic 
origin, that which says to modern 
man, "be individualistic, live for to- 
day, there is nothing to live for in the 
future." Though Christians would 
categorically deny this philosophy, it 
has in practicality become a living 
reality in the lives of many who are 
children of God. 

Along with this worldly philosophy 
of doing your own thing, has also 
come that idea which is known as 
"situational ethics." This devise is to 
further enhance the person of the 
world to make his own judgments in 
any given situation, without regard to 
any standard superimposed upon him 
by society or the Bible. This gives each 
individual "absolute freedom" to live 
as he pleases. The justification or 
rationalization for this is softened 
somewhat, so it won't become too of- 
fensive, by stating that as long as what- 
ever the person does is meaningful to 
him and not offending someone else, it 
is perfectly justifiable. This allows 
each individual to do that which is 
right in his own eyes and thus will ulti- 
mately result in anarchy. 

Situational ethics is Satan's decep- 
tive counterpart for today. He is an 
effective counterfeiter of God's ways. 
The Bible has taught, as it were, situ- 
ational ethics since the inception of 
the church. The difference being, and 
it is a great one, though Satan would 
slightly twist it to suit his own pur- 
poses, that the Bible speaks of it as 
spiritual discernment. Satan's situ- 
ational ethics is subjective and puts the 
burden of decision upon the individual 
himself, which caters to the flesh or 
ego. God's spiritual discernment is ob- 
jective, though subjectively applied, 
and it puts the burden of the indi- 
vidual's decision upon the Holy Spirit, 
who indwells the Christian and who 
applies the Word of God to the child 
of God. Thus, what God has used in 
the maturation of His children down 
through the centuries to help them 
"grow in grace, and in the knowledge 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" 
(II Peter 3:18), Satan has twisted and 
applied to the world of today. He has 
also, at the same time, caught up many 
Christians in his net of deception. 



A Christian may then ask how one 
can withstand the subtleties of Satan 
in this philosophical arena of life. The 
Bible specifically speaks of two ways 
by which the child of God may come 
to maturity and dispel these decep- 
tions. In the first place the admonition 
is to the Spirit-filled life (Eph. 5:18). 
This life is not one of getting more of 
the Spirit, but that of allowing all of 
the Spirit to "permeate" him from the 
standpoint of control. And in Colos- 
sians 3:16, which has as its context 
much the same as that of Ephesians 
5:18, it is seen that the Spirit-filled 
Christian is the Word-filled Christian. 
To be Spirit filled is to allow the Holy 
Spirit to help one grow in grace 
through the Word of God. This gives 
the spiritual discernment as Paul tells 
us in I Corinthians 2:14. 

The second method is for the spirit- 
ually mature Christian to accept the 
basic principles laid down by the 
Apostle Paul for the great "gray" area 
of life. It is not the "white" area (that 
is, Love the Lord thy God, Honor thy 
father and mother, and so forth) that 
is difficult for the Christian to under- 
stand. Nor so much the "black" area 
(that is, Thou shalt not kill, steal, lie, 
and so forth) in one's judgment (dis- 
cernment), but the "gray" area where 
God's laws for His children, who by 
the discernment of the Spirit within, 
may be able to make the proper deci- 
sions of life. For the person of the 
world this is "doing your own thing" 
in any given situation— and this is 
Satan's way. For the Christian this is 
spiritual discernment in any given situ- 
ation, and is God's way. 

Paul gives three principles to help 
the Christian make the proper choice 
as to where he goes, what he partici- 
pates in, what he says. The first is 
Romans 14:8 as to how this affects 
the individual's relation with God. 
Does it help or hinder? The second is 
in verses 10-12 in that each Christian 
shall someday give an account before 
God as to his actions. Does what we 
do help or hinder our own spiritual 
growth? Then in Romans 14:13, 15, 
19 we find the third principle which is 
in relationship to the Christian's fellow 
man, both regenerate and unre- 



generate. Does what we do adversely 
affect our testimony or enhance it? Is 
one a help or a stumblingblock to a 
fellow Christian? Does it help to lead 
an unregenerate friend to Christ or 
drive him away? 

The reason Paul cites these three 
principles is easily illustrated from 
life's situations. When a child is young 
his parents not only train him proper- 
ly, but make most of the specific 
decisions of life for him. As he grows 
older he assumes an increasing bur- 
den of making those decisions un- 
til he comes to a point where 
he breaks away from home— then 
every decision is his. Many of his 
evaluations in life are based on the 
way he was brought up. Good basic 
principled training by parents will 
usually result in proper decisions by 
the child in later life. In the Christian 
life God wants us to come to spiritual 
maturity. He does not always stipulate 
in Scripture the answers to each of 
life's decisions and choices. But He 
does give us the proper principles by 
which we may be guided. By the spirit- 
ual discernment given by the Holy 
Spirit the mature Christian is able to 
apply the principles in specific de- 
cision making. This is God's method of 
helping each immature child of His 
grow in grace. Thus the "gray" area, 
with its questionable problems, may 
be evaluated properly and categorized 
by the individual as either right or 
wrong for him. 

After the Christian evaluates these 
three principles, the Apostle Paul con- 
cludes the application in Romans 
14:22-23 by stating that a successful 
and proper answer to these principles 
should result in being at perfect liberty 
to proceed in participation, if there is 
no doubt. But if application in action 
of one or more of these principles is 
doubted, then the Christian should not 
participate. This is God's situational 
ethics-not left to the sleight of man- 
kind or Satan, but through the guid- 
ance of the Holy Spirit and the ab- 
solute standard of the Word of God. 
One can never go wrong when these 
infallible rules are followed. 



June 12, 1971 



he Apostle Paul begins several of 
his epistles with the phrase, "an 
apostle by the will of God." This state- 
ment, more than any other, explains 
the marvelous gift of God's grace to 
His servant, and reveals the secret of 
the Apostle's wonderful life and fruit- 
ful ministry: "By the will of God." 

In the Sango Bible this phrase, 
translated literally, reads: "Because 
God wanted [or wants] it like this." 
This truth certainly distinguishes the 
consecrated and fruitful life and minis- 
try of God's chosen servant who is the 
subject of this article. 

Noel Gaiwaka was born in the se- 
cluded village of Baloa in the Karre 
Mountains, fifteen miles north of 
Bozoum in the Central African Re- 
public. We do not know the exact 
date, for his people were heathen and 
illiterate and left no records. From ob- 
servations we have been able to make, 
it was probably in the year 1910. His 
father was Karre and his mother 
Gbaya. Mixed marriages were unusual 
at that time, as were monogamous 
marriages. Gaiwaka had three brothers 
and one sister; these all died, except 
one brother, before Gaiwaka reached 
the age of twenty. His one brother was 
a nominal Christian, but he too died 
while Gaiwaka was still a young man. 
His father was a leper and died when 
Gaiwaka was a boy. His mother died 
shortly afterwards. As an orphan boy 
he knew many sorrows and heartaches. 
He grew up in his mountain home dur- 
ing the transitional period after the 
Germans had withdrawn from the area 
and before the French had fully taken 
over again. He remembers when the 
soldiers came and forced the home 
village to move from the mountain 
hideout to its present location at the 
foot of the hill. 

Gaiwaka learned the Karre language 
for he is Karre. However, he visited his 
mother's village often and learned to 
speak her language, which was Gbaya. 
Later he learned Sango, the com- 
mercial language of the country, and 
still later he learned French while in 
school. Along with other boys of his 
age group, he was initiated into 
"nganza," the circumcision rite, and 
learned the dance of this ceremonial 
act. However, unlike most of the boys 
of his tribe, he never joined the secret 
society of "Soumaili," the worship of 
a divinity known as "Varakanda." He 
was shielded from the degrading and 



diabolic influences of this heathen 
religion— "because God wanted it like 
this." Like all Karre, however, he wor- 
shiped his ancestors and attended the 
annual ceremonies in their honor. 

Our Karre lad was a boy of eleven 
when pioneer Gribble made his first 
exploration trip into the Karre Moun- 
tains in March 1921. At that time Mr. 
Gribble chose a young man to teach 
the Karre language to the missionaries. 
Noel remembers this visit because the 
man Mr. Gribble chose was one of 
Gaiwaka's first cousins, and also be- 
cause Mr. Gribble rode his bicycle, the 
first the Karre had ever seen. They 
called it an "iron horse." At the close 
of the same year the first missionary 
station was located at Bassai, just five 
miles from Gaiwaka's boyhood home. 
Later he came to the station to live 
with his cousin-teacher and there he 
heard the Gospel for the first time. His 
orphaned heart was tender, and he 
yielded to the invitation to receive the 
Lord Jesus as his Saviour— "because 
God wanted it like this." A year later, 
after attending the pre-baptismal class 
for Christian instruction, he was bap- 
tized in the little stream that flows 
through the valley at the foot of the 
Bassai hill. 

The first regular day school of the 
mission at Bassai was opened in May 
1927, and Noel entered with the first 
class. He was small for his age and 
slender. But school came to Karreland 
too late for Noel to have the advantage 
of attending in his younger and forma- 
tive years. However, he applied himself 
to his studies and became a good 
student. He was very conscientious 
and before long was recognized as the 
spiritual leader of the school. 

At this time several commercial 
concerns began to locate small stores 
and trading centers in the area and 
needed literate men to clerk in the 
stores and to tailor clothes. Some of 
the young men in Noel's class sought 
this new and fascinating work. He was 
also tempted with this wave of 
materialism. His village chief pur- 
chased a sewing machine and made 
glowing promises to him if he would 
learn the tailor's trade. But the weekly 
visits of the faithful students to nearby 
villages to preach the Good News in- 
terested Noel more than being a tailor. 
Furthermore, he had not forgotten his 
promise to the Lord to serve Him 
when his schooling was completed. So 




Noel Gaiwaka 



By the 

Will of 

God 



By Dr. Orville D. Jobson 



Brethren Missionary Herald j t 



Noel Gaiwaka's exhortations as a father in the faith and a brother 
in the Lord have saved many from shipwreck and brought rebellious 
brethren back to the fold. 



he came to the place where a choice 
had to be made. He could not serve 
God and mammon. After definite 
prayer he made the right choice. The 
sewing machine was returned to the 
chief and he rededicated his life to 
serve his Lord— "because God wanted 
it like this." He still looks back on that 
experience as being one of the great 
decisions of his life. He relives it every 
time he calls on the congregation to 
sing, "I Surrender All." 

The daily Bible classes which were 
taught in connection with the regular 
day school gave these young men a 
good foundational knowledge of the 
Word of God, and during vacation 
periods from school they assisted at 
the chapels in the surrounding villages. 
In 1929 Noel spent three months at 
Bozoum and a year later he spent 
some time at Baloa, his home village. 
Then after his formal schooling was 
over he went to Bassai as full-time 
preacher and teacher. There he was 
married to Esther Doyai, a young 
woman of his own tribe. 

In 1936 Noel was appointed by the 
Bassai conference to become the 
pastor of the Bozoum group of be- 
lievers. While there for a period of 
eighteen years, he developed into a 
strong Christian leader and, by God's 
grace, built a church with a spiritual 
testimony. While at Bozoum he at- 
tended the four semesters of the mis- 
sion's first Central Bible School, which 
was begun in 1938. In 1940 the 
Bozoum church loaned its pastor to a 
struggling group of believers at 
Baibokoum in the Chad, where he 
spent six months teaching the Word, 
baptizing believers, and organizing the 
church. Upon his return from this 
missionary journey, the Bozoum 
church asked for his ordination to the 
eldership. He was examined and or- 
dained by elders: John Noatemo, 
Floyd Taber, Jake Kliever and Orville 
Jobson on October 28, 1940, when he 
was thirty years of age. "God wanted 
it like this." 

Pastor Noel's ministry at Bozoum 
was wide and varied. He had opportun- 
ities to do evangelistic work in many 
villages and to form groups of believers 



into churches. He trained leaders for 
these groups. He held Sunday after- 
noon meetings in the prison, where 
many were saved and later two became 
leaders of their own village groups. He 
was hospitable, as a true elder, and his 
home was always open to the constant 
flow of Christian workers and students 
passing through Bozoum. All of his 
children, except the eldest, were born 
there. 

As full and fruitful as were his years 
at Bozoum, God had still greater 
things in store for His servant. In 1954 
the mission opened a station in Bangui 
to serve the hundreds of scattered 
Brethren in the capital city. Pastor 
Noel was asked to consider this new 
opportunity. He prayed about it for 
six months before giving his reply. 
Then having obtained the Lord's will 
he came forth from the closet ready to 
accept this new challenge— "because 
God wanted it like this." 

It is now seventeen years since 
Pastor Noel went to Bangui. There was 
no church building— only scattered 
Brethren and others who needed sal- 
vation and spiritual food. Within the 
first year he had counseled with 
hundreds and organized the church 
with 500 members. There were over a 
thousand who attended the Sunday 
morning service in the temporary 
shelter. Twelve meeting places were 
established in the various tribal 
quarters for weekday meetings. God 
used His servant to mold this large 
cosmopolitan group of believers into a 
spiritual family in the Lord which 
learned to give and serve for the glory 
of Christ. Some of the larger meeting 
places soon developed into churches, 
and at present there are five. A beauti- 
ful new edifice was erected at the 
mother church in 1958, and even 
though hundreds of members have 
gone to the new area churches, the 
First Church is filled to capacity 
( 1 ,500) every Sunday. 

Pastor Noel is now a man of 6 1 . He 
is mature in faith, rich in experience, 
and sound in doctrine. He loves his 
Lord and knows the secret of power in 
prayer. He is quiet and humble, gentle 
to all, and respectful to his elders. He 



sees clearly his responsibilities as an 
elder in the church of God and gives of 
himself unstintingly for the Lord's 
work. 

His greatest concern has been his 
own family. His helpmeet has not al- 
ways been a help. She reads fluently 
and prays earnestly but lacks victory 
over the little things in her prosaic life 
as an African wife and mother. While 
his children are respectful, yet some of 
them have not followed in the foot- 
steps of their father. These trials have 
strengthened Pastor Noel's patience, 
and made him sympathetic with 
others. God comforts His servant that 
he may in turn comfort others. His ex- 
hortations as a father in the faith and a 
brother in the Lord have saved many 
from shipwreck and brought rebellious 
brethren back to the fold. 

Pastor Noel's ministry and in- 
fluence have reached far beyond the 
local congregations which he has 
served. In 1957 he was chosen by his 
fellow elders to become the president 
of the first all-African ministerium, 
and a year later he was elected moder- 
ator of the first General Conference of 
African Brethren Churches— "because 
God wanted it like this." In addition 
to the respect and honor paid to 
Pastor Noel by both his brethren and 
missionaries alike, the President of the 
Republic decorated him as a Knight of 
the Order of Merit in 1960. The cere- 
mony was held at the entrance of the 
beautiful First Church in Bangui at the 
close of a Sunday morning service in 
the presence of some two thousand 
people, the Minister of Public In- 
struction officiating for the President. 

Three years ago when a constitu- 
tion for incorporating the Union of 
Brethren Churches was being prepared, 
Pastor Noel was the unanimous choice 
for president. And now he has been 
selected by his brethren as the official 
delegate of the African churches to at- 
tend our national conference in the 
United States. 

Thus, Brethren people who sent 
missionaries to Pastor Noel's country 
are going to have the joy of seeing and 
hearing the testimony of this trophy 
of grace-"because God wants it like 
this." 

(FMS editor's note: Pastor Noel will be 
present at the 1971 conference of the 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches. 
He will also visit a few of the Brethren 
churches in the United States before re- 
turning to Africa in November.) # 



June 12, 1971 



A Lifetime Investment 



"One thousand educated ministers 
without charges, many of them em- 
ployed as farmers and many of them 
as common parish schoolmasters, wait- 
ing for the removal of the present in- 
cumbent that they might succeed to 
their living . . ." This was the situa- 
tion years ago in Scotland as recorded 
by Dr. Rufus Anderson (To Advance 
the Gospel). Although one stirring 
appeal after another was made by the 
Scottish Missionary Society for labor- 
ers in the Lord's vineyard, yet not one 
of this vast number of ministers 
volunteered. Anderson used the illus- 
tration to emphasize that "there is a 
very great danger in making our feel- 
ings and our desires a test of our duty, 
especially in a service which requires 
much self-denial." 

Today's state of affairs is worse. We 
have neither an excess of preachers nor 
of missionaries. On top of that add 
this: the missionary force worldwide is 
decreasing. It is estimated that there 
are one thousand fewer Protestant 
missionaries in active service now than 
there were last year. The prospects for 
volunteers to man the dwindling ranks 
are downright discouraging. Yet, the 
needs, the opportunities, and the suc- 
cesses of Christian missions worldwide 
were never greater. 

Why is it that so few are volunteer- 
ing as career missionaries? One of the 
newcomers to gain acceptance on the 
list of reasons claims that the in- 
sistence of mission boards to life com- 
mitments is one of the major reasons 
why young people shy away from in- 
volvement with the mission program. 
Today's youth is growing up in a 
society where it is normal for a person 
to change secular careers two or three 
times in a lifetime. Why, they ask, 
should this not be permissible for the 




Mi^W^w 



servants of Christ as well? If, in apply- 
ing this to the foreign missionary, one 
means that he may move around in his 
work rather than settling down to a 
particular area or method of opera- 
tion, or that he should update himself 
to keep pace with modern trends in 
missions, there would be little ob- 
jection to this concept. But if the argu- 
ment applies to men called of God to 
the ministry of Jesus Christ and sug- 
gests that they may change careers and 
still claim to be doing God's will in a 
secular position, then we feel com- 
pelled to disagree. 

Jesus said: "No man, having put his 
hand to the plough, and looking back, 
is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 
9:62). Our Lord felt that His work was 
important enough to demand the best 
a man had— full time. 

With the trend swinging so en- 
thusiastically to short-term service (to 
say nothing of the tragic departure 
from the ministry of so many— a re- 
cent survey claiming that one in eight 
ministers is considering leaving the 
ministry), it is time to reconsider this 
question: is it right to expect a life 
commitment to missionary service? Is 
it right to expect a Christian to place 
himself in a situation where he must 
make sacrifices and discipline himself 
far beyond the demands placed upon 
his compatriots? 

It is not necessarily a great sacrifice 
to live overseas for a few years. In- 
deed, many seek this experience for 
personal reasons— to rub shoulders 
with a different culture, to learn a for- 
eign language, to travel. All of this 
helps broaden one's character, and can 
be looked upon as a beneficial edu- 
cational experience. It will even in- 
crease one's value in his chosen career. 

The Foreign Missionary Society re- 
ceives requests from folks who frankly 
admit that they are seeking employ- 
ment overseas with our Society in 
order to broaden themselves. If this 
were a secular business operation, per- 
haps this motive would not be objec- 
tionable. But it is hardly evidence of a 
true missionary spirit. 

The missionary invests his life be- 
cause he believes that the call of Jesus 



Christ is the very best investment he 
can make with that life. He is con- 
vinced that it pays to be a dedicated, 
devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. Yet, 
the dividends of such investment may 
not be— and most probably will not be 
realized during the course of his physi- 
cal life on earth. Paul said: "If in this 
life only we have hope in Christ, we 
are of all men most miserable" [piti- 
able] (I Cor. 15:19). The sacrifices, 
self-denial, inconveniences, and criti- 
cisms which go along with a mission- 
ary career just do not appear to be 
worth a lifetime effort if our Lord will 
accept less. But He won't accept less. 
In response to Peter's question con- 
cerning the value of the ministry, Jesus 
defends the principle of sacrifice, self- 
denial, and devotion to duty in order 
to receive greatly increased benefits 
later. "And every one that hath for- 
saken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or 
father, or mother, or wife, or children, 
or lands, for my name's sake, shall re- 
ceive an hundredfold, and shall inherit 
everlasting life" (Matt. 19:29). Jesus 
did not expect that His disciples would 
return to their secular occupations 
after a short period of service. Nor did 
He expect them to abandon the minis- 
try when things got rough. He ex- 
pected that they would continue in 
service for life. Needless to say, they 
did. 

Neither the expectations of Christ 
for His disciples nor the needs of the 
present-day world suggest that lesser 
devotion and dedication is the order of 
the day for today's missionary. Bishop 
Stephen Neill once wrote: "I may 
place on record my conviction that the 
needs of the mission field are always 
far greater than the needs of the 
church at home, that no human quali- 
fications, however high, render a man 
or woman more than adequate for mis- 
sionary work. That there is no other 
career which affords such scope for en- 
terprise and creative work, and that in 
comparison with the slight sacrifice de- 
manded, the reward is great beyond all 
measuring." 

A career in missions, anyone? The 
investment of your life is worth 
it.-JWZ m 



Brethren Missionary Herald 



Termites, White Ants 



How about a new home, African style? The primary 
needs are big termites and little white ants. 

Now, for many Africans the old style grass huts are on 
the way out. Even the round block buildings are disappear- 
ing, making way for rectangular homes, most with grass 
roofs and hard-packed dirt floors. For some, block build- 
ings with three or four rooms, concrete floors, aluminum 
roofs, and shutters are the fashion. 

The construction begins with a large termite hill. The 
termites live and die building colony over colony, and 
across the centuries they have covered this area with 
mounds six to eight feet high and thirty feet across. This is 
the good red clay which is best for making "potopoto 
brique" (mud block). The Africans take off their shoes, 
shovel some mud into a pile, add a little more water, and 
climb in. Stamp, squish, turn a little mud into the center 
now and then— and soon one begins to get the feel of it. 
When the "potopoto" is mixed well, some of it is shoveled 
into a wooden form, packed well, dampened and smoothed 
a little, and then slipped off the form to sun-dry. These are 
turned each few days until dry, being constantly covered 
with straw so they do not dry too fast and crack. This clay 
appears to be much the same as that used by the people of 
Mexico, except that earthquakes are unheard of here and 
thus straw is not needed for extra strength. 

Not to be outdone but rather to complement, the white 
ants also help build the house. White anthills look like giant 
mushrooms. When crushed and mixed with water, they 
form a fine plaster which can be finished with whitewash. 
The mission buildings are plastered with cement over wire 
for an even longer life. 

Would you like to come along and follow the construc- 
tion of a kitchen for the dispensary and hospital? Building 
commences much the same as at home. First, the site is 
selected, elevations established, measurements taken, and 
lines set up for trenching. Three men with picks and shovels 
then dig the perimeter trench about twelve inches deep and 
sixteen inches wide. But after that things begin to be differ- 
ent. Next comes rock for crushing and stone to be hand- 
squared for the foundation. All the rock and stone are 
hauled from nearby. The stone in this area is red and looks 
much like the porous volcanic stone of southern central 
Oregon. 



An old building 





June 12, 1971 



A new building 

A block about 12x18x18 is squared with mallet, chisel 
and machete. A base of crushed rock and clay mud about 
four inches deep is laid in the bottom of the trench, and 
then the stone is set on. Clay or cement mortar is used 
between the squared stone. Later the floor is filled and 
tamped with layers of crushed rock and clay until it is even 
with the foundation stone. A one-inch concrete floor is 
poured and covered with wet planer chips. 

After a few days the "potopoto brique" walls are 
started. The first course is set in cement as a termite barrier; 
then, the rest of the brique is set with clay mortar. As the 
walls progress upward, hardwood door jambs and window 
cases are set, topped with a two-inch concrete header and 
finally a two-inch concrete cap on the walls at the ceiling 
line. Trusses are secured to the walls with a light reinforcing 
rod in preparation for the aluminum roof. 

These kitchens are a little unusual— three walls are open, 
and the floor has sixteen-inch-square openings every few 
feet for a steel rack about eight inches high, which is used 
to support cooking utensils over a small wood fire. At one 
end of the building are two shower rooms and a large set of 
cabinets for each family's utensils and food. A kitchen like 
this is a luxury here, for most people build their fires on the 
ground outside. This roofed area is a shelter from both the 
sun and the rain. 

I have been able to help with the work here, both in the 
design and carrying through of a few jobs, though language 
is clumsy. Not only are words different in the language, but 
the sequence of words and thinking are also different. I am 
very thankful to be in the Central African Republic before 
Al Balzer retires in August, for there is much to see and 
learn which can only be acquired by being here. 

Our Lord has been very gracious in supplying our im- 
mediate needs and soothing our questioning minds. We do 
pray for continuing guidance and understanding. We covet 
your prayers for the construction program here, and fore- 
most for the growth of these people in the knowledge of 
Christ, the one and only way to eternal life with God. 

(FMS editor's note: The Klus family has been in the C.A.R. for 
about six months now. Mr. Klus is engaged in the building program 
for the church and the mission, and will assume oversight of the 
work when the Balzers return to the States this summer.) 

and African Buildings 



By Ben Klus, Missionary Builder 

9 



Dowdys Return 
to Argentina 



I thank God for giving me a con- 
tinuing outlook to the future while at 
the same time keeping me aware of the 
fact that life is now, today. I am grate- 
ful also for the backward look as 1 re- 
flect on the wonderful way in which 
the Lord has dealt with me during al- 
most seven decades. 

Life for me began in Eggleston, 
Virginia, a small whistle-stop on the 
Norfolk and Western Railway. Later 
we moved to Roanoke, Virginia. My 
father was killed in a railroad wreck, 
leaving my mother with six small chil- 
dren. By the goodness of God and the 
strength He supplied, our mother was 
able to bring us up in the fear and ad- 
monition of the Lord. We attended the 
Greene Memorial Methodist Church, 
and as a teenager I made a profession 
of faith in Christ and became a mem- 
ber of that church. 

Two years later we moved approxi- 
mately six miles from Roanoke to 
Hollins. There we began to attend the 
Mountain View Brethren Church (now 
Patterson Memorial). After some nine 
years, during which I was very active 
in church, Sunday school and youth 
organization, Rev. J. E. Patterson, our 
pastor, and Rev. Archie Lynn talked 
me into going to college. 

Since 1 had dropped out of high 
school in the freshman year, entering 
college was not exactly the next 
logical number on my program. Evi- 
dently though it was God's will that I 
go to college, for arrangement was 
made to admit me as a special student 
(at 27 years of age). The Lord was 
working out a plan for me, and before 
my senior year it was decided that 1 



could be allowed to graduate with the 
A.B. degree, which I did with honors. 

Another three years in seminary 
and I was faced with the problem of 
where and how I would serve the Lord 
who had done so much for me. Fortu- 
nately, by that time I did not have to 
face such problems alone. Two years 
before, the Lord had given me a wife. 
Just shortly before graduation the 
Lord confronted us with the oppor- 
tunity to serve in Argentina. Through 
much serious consideration with 
prayer, it became clear that we should 
go. Less than a year later (in April 
1937), we landed in Buenos Aires, and 
under the guidance of Dr. and Mrs. 
Clarence Sickel we began our first 
term of foreign missions service. 

During four terms over a period of 
twenty-five years we did just about 
every kind of work that needed doing 
in a mission, and thus all the variety of 
things learned through the previous 
years proved to be of value. Years be- 
fore, the Lord knew, and led me into 
the various experiences that would be 
useful on the mission field. 

Then in 1963 we were asked to re- 
main in the States to teach missions in 
Grace College and Seminary. This was 
not an easy decision, but it seemed to 
be the Lord's will, so for five years I 
taught missions and Spanish and for 
three years Spanish only. 

Now, there is a need for missionary 
help in Argentina and we feel the Lord 
would have us return. So, we are get- 
ting ready to go. Please hold us up in 
your prayers.—/. Paul Dowdy 

"Would you be willing to go back 
to Argentina in the Lord's work?" 




Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy 

When the question was directed to 
me about eighteen months ago, I 
pondered, and then replied, "Yes— if it 
is the Lord's will." Sincerely I had 
hoped to visit our friends in Argentina 
sometime, but it was just one of those 
upper-room dreams that often fade 
away in time. Then when other mis- 
sionaries returned and asked us about 
this, it became a matter of definite 
prayer. I asked the Lord if there were 
not some younger missionaries who 
could go and do the work more ef- 
fectively than we. Then I asked Him 
about my elderly parents (ages 82 and 
79), who are both under doctors' care 
for heart ailments. However, they are 
both able to care for themselves as 
they live in their own mobile home in 
Sarasota, Florida. We commit them to 
the Lord, who alone can keep and 
guide them. 

Many changes have taken place in 
the States in regard to our family dur- 
ing the nine years since we returned 
from Argentina. Jim, our oldest son, 
and Carolyn were married during our 
last term on the field. They and little 
Ruthie met us when we returned. 



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Ruthie is now twelve and brother Jon- 
nie is eight years old. Little Jamie 
joined their family about four years 
ago. In 1964 the Lord called them to a 
ministry on the Mexican border, and 
He has given them varied and useful 
ministries in the Juarez-El Paso area. 

Soon after our arrival in the States, 
our second son, Roger, graduated from 
college and then was married. Now he 
is finishing his Ph.D. work at the Uni- 
versity of Missouri, after which he and 
Jacquie and their three-year-old 
daughter, Julie, will move back to 
Jacksonville, Illinois, where he will 
again teach in MacMurray College. 

In June 1969, Robert graduated 
from college and a few weeks later was 
married to Cheryl, who graduated 
from college in 1970, and they are 
both teaching in a boys preparatory 
school. They live here in Winona Lake. 
We praise the Lord for our family and 
are confident that they will be prayer- 
fully supporting us in our work in 
Argentina. 

Now that we are in our last days of 
preparation, I have mixed emotions 
about our new assignment in the 
Buenos Aires area. Throughout our 
years of service in the land, I learned 
to love the Argentine people. During 
our absence many changes have taken 
place on that mission field. Some of 
the "old faithfuls" have gone; new 
ones have come to take their places. 
The work has passed through a turbu- 
lent time of testing. I realize that 
things will not be the same as they 
used to be. But we are all living in an 
ever-changing world. How thankful we 
are that our Lord Jesus is "the same 
yesterday, today, and forever." 

We praise the Lord for the brethren 
who are prayerfully supporting us, and 
for new friendships during these years 
in the States. 

Friends, there is still a great need 
for more missionaries. Will you please 
pray for new recruits?— Dortha Dowdy 

(FMS editor's note: The Dowdys expect to 
leave about the middle of the summer for a 
two-year term in Argentina. Their first year 
will be spent in the oversight and manage- 
ment of the Lomas de Zamora bookstore 
while the Hill Maconaghys are on furlough.) 




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/ hear the sound of distant drums 
Throbbing their pagan beat, 

Muffling the anguished cry 

Of millions soon to die, 
Forever lost in darkness and in night. 



I hear the sound of distant cries 
Voicing their wordless plea 

That someway they might know 

If there is hope for them, and so 
They might look up and find the path, the way. 



I hear a low, compelling voice, 
Commandingly it speaks and says: 

"To all the world go ye 

And bid them lift their eyes and see 
The Way, the Truth, the Life, the Light, 
Revealed that anguished day at Calvary. " 

-J. Keith Altig 




June 12, 1971 



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Representative Leadership of Natio(il 




Raul Tirado 



Eduardo Coria 



Churches on Brethren Foreign Fields 




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iimundo Cordoso 



Noel Gaiwaka 



Daniel Dutruc 



THE CHILDRJ 



MISSIONARY HELPERS HERE AND THERE 



COMMUNITY GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH, LONG BEACH, CALIF.-Mrs. Linda Tenney, leader 







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STERLING, OHIO, FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH-Mrs. Jim Beichler, leader 



Beth Hunt 
Danny Hunt 



Eddie 
Nettleton 



Douglas 
Beichler 



Scott 
Beichler 



Elaine 
Nettleton 



Cheryl 
Shane 



First row: Kurt Kuhn, Benji Parrish, Marie 
Burkhart. Second row: Peggy Parrish, Myra 
Myers, Linda Baker, Lisa Meyers, Julie 
Umpleby. Third row: Jim Umpleby, Diann 
Baker, Terri Meyers, Linn Burkhart, Rick 
Meyers, Pamela Miller. Leaders of this 
MHC are Mrs. Robert Boze and Mrs. Cliff 
Umpleby. 



BERNE, INDIANA, BETHEL BRETHREN CHURCH 

HIS 




HARRY HELPER AND MARY MISSIONARY 



HARRY - 

WOULDN'T 

VACATIONS 

BE A 

GOOD 

TIME 

TO PASS 

OUT 

TRACTS? 



OH, YES, MARY- 
SPECIALLY IF YOU 
ARE TRAVELING- 




YOU CAN GIVE THEM TO 
GAS STATION MEN, AND 
AT MOTELS AND EVER 
SO MANY OTHER P LACES A PLE NTY- J 
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THAT'S A GKEAT 
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SURE WE HAVE 




IT WILL BE REAL GOOD IF MH'ERS 
AND THEIR. FAMILIES WILL DO THIS 
WHEN THEY TRAVEL THIS SUMMER., 
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la (/nintimtitated 



One thing I know for sure— from 
the time I began thinking about writ- 
ing this "Creative Woman" series, I've 
been pulverized in a crucible of heart- 
aches and incredible problems which 
have literally forced me to put my 
actions where my mouth is. Apparent- 
ly God isn't allowing me to become a 
theorist. He's insisting I practice what 
I preach. 

Which leads me to say I'm almost 
afraid to write on this subject of in- 
timidation. For all my brash and some- 
times courageous-looking exterior, I've 
not always been that way inside. Often 
I've suffered inwardly under a barrage 
of intimidations, real or fancied, from 
both people and circumstances. 

Having admitted this, I decided to 
investigate areas of intimidations to 
which women are often subjected. 
Opening those doors wasn't easy. 
Women are reluctant to stand stripped 
of a covering facade, no matter if that 
facade is brittle or shallow. 

Femininity was the first door I 
battered down. My eyes were boggled 
with an amazing array of banners in 
every conceivable color, size and shape 
that climbed up, over and around the 
walls of this imaginary room. Like— 

Don't let your femininity show. 

Make a splash in this man's world. 
Be at least halfway competitive. 
That'll show 'em. (Men??) 

Don't be too soft, or pink, or 
gentle. They'll trample you to bits. 

I shuddered and left the room. I 



By Althea S. Miller 



like being a feminine female and don't 
feel threatened here. 

The next door yielded a bit easier. I 
saw a desk at which sat a handsome, 
grey-haired man. Obviously he was im- 
mersed in thought for he never looked 
up to acknowledge any interruption. I 
ambled around the large room and saw 
a Steinway grand standing between 
two floor-to-ceiling windows. Set close 
to the piano were three pedestals each 
with a large marble bust of the famous 
three B's— Bach, Brahms, Beethoven. I 
got the message, all the while wonder- 
ing if women can neither think nor 
compose creatively. 

Where is the woman who hasn't felt 
the sting of: "You're illogical"? In my 
younger years that accusation bugged 
me no end. Not now. I've learned that 
female intuition (as against stark 
imagination) is a happy balance for 
male logic (which alone can be deadly 
cold). Combining what basic logic I am 
capable of with a balanced, developed 
intuition and a believed knowledge of 
the absolutes of God's Word, I'm sure 
I don't have to be intimidated by 
others who can grapple with the 
theory of relativity, for example. That 
rattles my mind! I make a creative 
enough contribution to my world 
when I love, understand, and get along 
with my relatives! 

I had no particular hangups when I 
left this room. 

What lay behind some other doors 
did intimidate me. The fear of failure 
—how that very thought has some- 
times frozen me into immobility. 
When and if I fail, what will happen? I 
don't want to fail, but in attempting, I 
am bound to fall on my face once in 



awhile. Nothing is ever achieved with- 
out trial, and most often some error. 

When my feet slip into some sin 
will my Father forgive and set me on 
my feet again? Will my family forgive 
and forget, and take me again into its 
bosom? It's very important to me that 
they do. But if they don't, do I allow 
fear to thwart me into non-creativity? 
Not on your life! I am known and 
loved by my Creator, Father-God who 
is never tired of my fresh beginnings. 
So in that knowledge I for- 
get .. . "those things which are be- 
hind, and . . . press toward the mark 
for the prize of the high calling of God 
in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14). I am 
thus unintimidated by failure. 

What can I say about intimidations 
lurking behind other doors; the magni- 
tude of a given task; the Adversary's 
uses of life's turbulent waters to knock 
me down, bruise my soul; when I've 
nearly followed Job's wife's advice, 
"curse God and die"? Surely, intimi- 
dations are very real. But Job's spirit- 
ual integrity kept him from jumping 
out of the frying pan into the fire. So 
did mine. Not because I was strong, or 
wise, even good. But because my 
Father was and is all I was and am not 
on my own. 

A final door hid a last threat- 
intimidation of death. I actually lived 
behind that door for something over 
four years. There were periods when it 
appeared that we might escape. Some 
life and hope still dangled before us, 
but as we began to step over the 
threshhold, death's long, bony, rattling 
arms pulled us back. An escape was 
never effected. Were we intimidated? 
I'd be less than honest if I said Never. 
But in all honesty I can say that at the 
moment of death we were not. My 
Father "giveth more grace." 

Then what about life? Today? 
Trials, troubles created by the living 
have and are rocking us with chilling 
intimidations. We've learned that there 
are worse things than death. Yet we 
rejoice in the truth that if God gives 
more grace in the face of death's in- 
timidation, is He less able in life's? 

O my soul: "Trust ye in the Lord 
for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is 
everlasting strength" (Isa. 26:4). Ah, 
Life, I stand unintimidated before you 
although bloody and bowed my head, 
or serene my face with smile, knowing 
creativity through Him whether it be 
by life or by death. W 



June 12, 1971 



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HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA. Dedi- 
catory services for the new parsonage 
at the Vicksburg Brethren Church 
were held Feb. 7. For the morning 
worship service, Rev. Thomas Miller, 
assistant pastor at the First Brethren 
Church, Wooster, Ohio, spoke to the 
congregation he had known since his 
childhood. His mother, Mrs. Mary 
Miller, was honored for giving the 
property to the church for the new 
building. The offering for the day was 
$2,022, topping the $1,000 goal that 
had been set. Pastor and Mrs. Richard 
Harstine held an open house at the 
parsonage in the afternoon. 

WHEATON, ILL. Rev. Bruce B. 

Baker has resigned from Christian 
Service Brigade after 1 1 years as a staff 
member. He has accepted the position 
as the first full-time director on North- 
ern Frontier camp. This camp is af- 
filiated with Brigade in the metro- 
politan New York area. 

KENAI, ALASKA. People in 
Alaska appreciate Mother's Day. There 
were 48 present for the morning wor- 
ship service that day and 28 in Sunday 
school. There were 1 1 in attendance 
for the first time, and 18 visitors who 
had attended before. A survey to' dis- 
cover new prospects is being taken of 
the east end of town which includes a 
seven-square mile area of woods, dirt 
roads, the main highway, and many 
people. The survey has uncovered 20 
families who do not attend church 
anywhere. Herman H. Hein, pastor. 



JACKSON, MICH. An informative 
presentation of slides on the sequence 
of prophetic events was recently given 
by Mr. Glenn Whittaker of Pueblo, 
Colo. All records were broken with 
an average Sunday-school attendance 
of 97 in April. This exceeds any 
month in the history of the church. 
Gilbert Hawkins, pastor. 

BELLFLOWER, CALIF. A "Meet 
My Friend" day was held at the 
church May 16. Each member was en- 
couraged to invite an unsaved friend to 
attend church, with an opportunity to 
introduce him to the congregation. 
Edwin E. Cashman, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Former deputy 
inspector with the New York City 
Police Department, Mr. Conrad 
Jenson, brought a heart-stirring chal- 
lenge to the Patterson Park Brethren 
Church recently. He is now traveling 
across the country in an unusual evan- 
gelistic effort with Word of Life. John 
R. Terrell, pastor. 

CHANGES. Rev. Mel Grimm is the 
new pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Fillmore, Calif. Please send all 
mail for Pastor Grimm to: Box 396, 
Fillmore, Calif. 93015. Rev. and Mrs. 
Richard Cripe, 15860 W. Von Sosten 
Rd., Tracy, Calif. 95376. Rev. and 
Mrs. Dan Grabill, 9804 Jamaica Rd., 
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342. Rev. and 
Mrs. C. A. Flowers, R. R. 8, Box 
391-A, Roanoke Va. 24014. Please 
change Annual. 



MEYERSDALE, PA. Rev. Roy E. 

Kreimes was ordained to the Christian 
ministry Apr. 18 at the Summit Mills 
Brethren Church. Rev. Michael Fun- 
derburg presided and Rev. Robert E. 
A. Miller brought the ordination 
message. Other participating ministers 
were Fred Walter, James Hoffmeyer, 
David Thompson, Arthur Collins, True 
Hunt, Robert Burns, Paul Mohler, and 
Clifford Wicks. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. The "Man of 
the Year" award went to Mr. Jim 
Earnest at the Dads and Lads Banquet 
held recently with 95 in attendance. 
Jim is active in the church as assistant 
choir director and choir member, as- 
sistant Sunday-school superintendent, 
and Sunday-school teacher. 

BUENA VISTA, VA. A record- 
smashing 531 in attendance on Easter 
Sunday and 1 1 decisions climaxed the 
exciting end to a week of meetings 
with Dr. Charles Smith of Grace 
Theological Seminary. The attendance 
goal of 525 was surpassed and three 
teenage girls received Christ as their 
Saviour. The Spirit of God continued 
to work the following week with an 
increase in attendance of 92 over a 
year ago and one more decision for 
salvation. Lester W. Kennedy, pastor. 

EAST DISTRICT. The district con- 
ference was held Apr. 23-25 at Blue 
Knob Ski Lodge for the second year, 
with over 175 registered. The Bible 
speaker was Dr. Douglas MacCorkle, 
president of Philadelphia College of 
the Bible. In conference action, the 
Grace Brethren Church of Indiana, Pa., 
was received into the district as a fel- 
lowshiping church; a district news- 
paper will be printed to keep churches 
informed and closer knit. Officers 
elected are Rev. Wesley Haller, moder- 
ator; Rev. John Gregory, vice moder- 
ator; Rev. Kenneth Koontz, secretary; 
Rev. Homer Lingenfelter, treasurer; 
Miss Rose Snyder, statistician. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 

Kenai, Alaska 
Waimalu, Hawaii 
Wahiawa, Hawaii 



Date 

June 20-27 
July 4-9 
July 11-16 



Pastor 

Herman Hein 
Edmund Leech 
Foster Tresise 



Speaker 

Allen Herr 
Allen Herr 
Allen Herr 



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TOUR TO 
MEXICO OFFERED 

Seven persons have already 
signed up for this exciting tour! 
Visit Mexico City and see missions 
at work as well as many historical 
points of interest. This is the op- 
portunity that will be available on 
August 14, following national con- 
ference. 

The eight-day trip will be 
directed by Charles W. Turner, 
general manager of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., and Ralph 
Colburn, chairman of the board of 
trustees. 

Departure for those who attend 
national conference, or persons 
from the East and Midwest, will be 
from Chicago. For those on the 
west coast or in other areas who are 
not able to attend conference, but 
would still like to join the tour, de- 
parture will be from Los Angeles 
and the two groups will meet in 
Mexico City. 

If you desire information you 
may write to either the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; or Rev. 
Ralph Colburn, 3490 La Jara St., 
Long Beach, Calif. 90805. 



BEAUMONT, CALIF. At a retreat 
in the mountains Apr. 16-18, Cmdr. 
David Meschke challenged 37 young 
people of the Cherry Valley Brethren 
Church to begin "doing God's own 
thing" instead of their own. Three 
inches of fresh snow came unexpected- 
ly to heighten the interest. Cmdr. 
Meschke is a chaplain in the U.S. 
Navy. The highlight of the retreat was 
the Saturday-night fagot service in 
which a number of young people dedi- 
cated their lives to Christ. Dale Brock, 
pastor. 

BROOKVILLE, OHIO. Broken 
records and future expansion are items 
of interest at Brookville. On Easter 
Sunday both church and Sunday- 
school records were broken with 337 
and 229 present, respectively. At a 
special church business meeting, the 
congregation voted to add 4,200 more 
square feet to the existing building. 
This will be done through volunteer 
help on the part of church members. 
Clair Brickel, pastor. 




CHICAGO, ILL. Respresentatives from the Brethren Missionary Herald, 
Brethren Home Missions, and Brethren Foreign Missions attended the Evangeli- 
cal Press Association convention held at the Sheraton-Chicago Hotel May 10-12. 
A highlight of the Tuesday noon luncheon was a performance by the Dimensions 
in Brass from Grace College. Pictured above are (1 to r) Rev. Charles W. Turner, 
editor of the Brethren Missionary Herald; Jerry Franks, director of the Dimen- 
sions in Brass; Dr. Sherwood Wirt, editor of Decision magazine and president of 
EPA; and Mr. Norman Rohrer, executive secretary of EPA. 



POMPANO BEACH, FLA. Interior 
improvements were made in the 
church with the installation of a bap- 
tistry, draperies, and a carpeted ex- 
tension on the platform. There have 
been 24 people baptized in the new 
facility. Gene Witzky, pastor. 

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA. Ground 
was broken for the new sanctuary 
addition May 2 at the Grace Brethren 
Church. Plans for the new building 
were drawn by the Brethren Architec- 
tural Service, and provide for a Co- 
lonial design seating 325, with an over- 
flow area for an additional 75. Pro- 
visions for several Sunday-school 
classes and a choir room are made in 
the rear of the sanctuary. 

The church just recently observed 
its sixth anniversary, and has been in 
the first unit four years. Rev. Arthur 
Malles, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Lancaster was the special 
speaker for this occasion, and several 
Brethren pastors in the area partici- 
pated in the service. 

Mr. Cary Engle, who has served 
with the Brethren Construction Co., in 
the past, and is a member of the Mel- 
rose Gardens Grace Brethren Church 
of Harrisburg, Pa., will serve as the 
construction foreman. The congre- 
gation includes three carpenters, two 
plasterers, a cement finisher, and an 
electrician who will all give of their 
services to the program. Construction 
is expected to take about six months. 
Warren E. Tamkin, pastor. 



NORWALK, CALIF. There were 1 7 
students from the Norwalk Christian 
Elementary School who took part in 
the California Association of Christian 
Schools Speech Festival. In the Origi- 
nal Poems contest, Kenneth Harris— 
6th grader— won first place in the 
upper division. Following is Kenneth's 
winning poem: 

MY DOG PEPPER 

I have a little puppy dog. 

He's black as he can be. 
He always runs and jumps about 

And loves to play with me. 

He follows me outside to play 

And is always at my heels. 
He helps me when I mow the lawn 

By chasing at the wheels. 

This little dog is very smart. 
He knows my every mood. 

He comes and sits beneath my chair 
And always begs my food. 

Oh, thank you God, for little dogs 
That we can love and treasure. 

Help us Lord, to remember this, 

That they were given for our 
pleasure. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. A diploma 
was granted to Charles Koontz, manag- 
er of the College Bookstore, for suc- 
cessfully completing a Management 
Seminar Course conducted by the 
National Association of College Stores. 
The course consisted of two weeks of 
concentrated classes in all areas of 
bookstore management. 



June 12, 1971 



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Rev. William Steffler 

HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. Rev. Wil- 
liam Steffler was honored at the North- 
ern Atlantic District Conference May 
21-23, for fifty years of service in the 
ministry. 

MIDDLEBRANCH, OHIO. Rev. 
Gerald Kelley has accepted the call to 
become pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church beginning in July. 

MAITLAND, FLA. Seventy years is 
a long time to live. Even more im- 
pressive is to live that long with some- 
one else. This is just what Mr. and Mrs. 
Sam Wise have done. They celebrated 
their Seventieth Wedding Anniversary 
Apr. 10. Edna is 88 and Sam is 91 
years old. R. Paul Miller, pastor. 

FREMONT, OHIO. In a special 
business meeting, the Grace Brethren 
Chapel voted unanimously to go by 
the recommendation and approval of 
the Brethren Home Missions Council 
to purchase the properties on either 
side of the Chapel for $11,000. The 
land will be used for space to build a 
six-classroom multipurpose building 
onto the present building. We ask for 
the prayers of the Brethren people as 
this young congregation proceeds with 
this project. Marion Thomas, pastor. 

KITTANNING, PA. Dedication of 
new carpeting and other interior im- 
provements was part of the Easter 
service at the First Brethren Church. 
The total cost of the improvements 
was $6,000. New carpet was placed in 
the sanctuary, foyer, choir loft, ladies' 
lounge and crib room. In addition, 
walls were repainted, new drapes were 
hung, and the lounge and crib rooms 
were refurnished. New outside trim 
and guttering were installed around 
the roof of both the church and par- 
sonage. W. Wayne Baker, pastor. 



TELFORD, PA. At a recent busi- 
ness meeting the Penn Valley Grace 
Brethren Church extended a call to 
Rev. Harold Jones to become assistant 
pastor, working in the area of visita- 
tion. Robert Griffith, pastor. 

In Memory 

Death notices appearing in this column must 
be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

BROWN, William A., 54, died Apr. 
29. He regularly attended the Fairlawn 
Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio. He was 
the father of Mrs. June Berkey, the 
pastor's wife. Merlin D. Berkey, pastor. 

BRYANT, Walter G., 53, a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Virginia 
Beach, Va., went to be with the Lord 
Mar. 29. Daniel Eshleman, pastor. 

FOREMAN, Callie, 95, the oldest 
member of the Bethel Brethren 
Church, Berne, Ind., passed away Apr. 
10. She was the mother of Mrs. Bryson 
Fetters. Services were held by her for- 
mer pastor. 

MOYER, Christian, 76, a member 
of the Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Telford, Pa., died Apr. 21. 
Robert Griffith, pastor. 

THOMPSON, Clem 63, passed away 
Apr. 20. He was a member of the Carl- 
ton Brethren Church, Garwin, Iowa. 
Donald Jentes, pastor. 



TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. Rev. Ed- 
ward Clark, pastor of the Temple City 
Grace Brethren Church terminated his 
ministry here June 1 . The Clark family 
will move to Warsaw, Ind., sometime 
in June. 

Wedduy delb 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to those 
whose addresses aie supplied by the of- 
ficiating minister. 

Ann Brickel and Jeff Davis, 
Brookville Grace Brethren Church of 
Brookville, Ohio. Rev. Clair Brickel, 
father of the bride, officiated at the 
ceremony. 

Nadine Dahlke and Barry Arga- 
bright, Mar. 26, at the groom's home, 
Virginia Beach, Va. Rev. Daniel Eshle- 
man officiated. 

Barbara Ann Deck and Randy Lee 
Miller, Apr. 3, Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, Pa. 

Joy Kelly and Gerald Sunthimer, 
Apr. 3, Pike Brethren Church, Cone- 
maugh, Pa. 

Lois Stanmier and James Roe, Apr. 
16, Grace Brethren Church, Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla. 

Deborah Warner and James Sim- 
mons, Apr. 24, Grace Brethren 
Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 




MANSFIELD, OHIO. The remodeled sanctuary of the Grace Brethren Church 
was dedicated to the Lord May 16 in a special service with Dr. Bernard 
Schneider as guest speaker. The redecorating cost of $18,000 was all paid for, 
debt free, as the result of a ten-month project. Dr. Schneider is a former pastor 
of the church, having served the congregation for 16 years. A rose window in the 
balcony was dedicated by the members in his honor. There were 329 in attend- 
ance at the service. The New Creation, a musical group from Grace College 
provided the special music. Richard E. Grant, pastor. 



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INDIANA DISTRICT REPORT 



Rally Held at Winona 



The Indiana District WMC has 
much to be grateful for! Here are some 
of the reasons. 

Our WMC groups (19 councils) are 
eager to participate in district func- 
tions. For instance, there were 100 
ladies who traveled more than halfway 
across the state last October to the 
brand new Indianapolis Grace Breth- 
ren Church for the fall rally. There 
with the theme, "Living Abundant- 
ly ... In My Home," they gave 
"abundantly" from their home 
treasuries for their chosen projects: 
$300 toward redecorating a room at 
the Chateau in France, and $250 for a 
side of beef, drapes, rugs, and a sander 
for the Navajo Mission in New Mexico. 
They set a goal for the current year of 
$550 for a water system on the 
African field and for a polishing- 
scrubbing machine for Grace College. 
The special speaker for the day was 
Mrs. Eddie Miller, who gave word 
pictures of life in Brazil where she has 
served as a Brethren missionary. 

Even before the fall rally, though, 



there were forty-nine women, officers 
and leaders in their own local councils, 
who got together for a workshop. 
Each district officer took the corre- 
sponding local officers to seminars 
where they discussed with them ways 
to work more efficiently and enthusi- 
astically in the local councils. Mrs. 
Thomas Hammers, national prayer 
chairman, later challenged the whole 
group to let everyone around them 
really see the Saviour in their lives. 

"Living Abundantly ... In My 
Church" was the theme for the spring 
fellowship festival held annually in the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. There 
the ladies invited their husbands to an 
evening of musical treats. Several 
churches over the district presented 
their best in musical numbers; all 200 
present joined their voices to become a 
great choir; and Mr. Edgar Lovelady, 
professor at Grace College, presented a 
concert using various stringed instru- 
ments. Afterwards the fellowship was 
completed over homemade pies and 
coffee. 



District conference sessions were 
well attended. One of the highlights 
was the morning devotional speaker, 
Miss Marie Mishler, missionary to 
Central African Republic, who told 
vividly of some of her experiences on 
the field. The WMC conference theme, 
"Living Abundantly ... In My Coun- 
try," was carried through beautifully 
at the WMC-SMM banquet in table 
decorations and individual favors of 
praying hands and small flags made by 
the Peru councils. The Kokomo group 
gave a firsthand report from Kenai, 
Alaska, with slides and commentary 
by personal friends of the Heins. Com- 
pleting the day was the special speak- 
er, Mr. Ron Henry, Professor of 
History at Grace College, who spoke 
on the status of women through the 
years in the United States, and 
especially on the role of Christian 
women today in this great country. 

Yes, the Lord has given this district 
so many things to be grateful for; how 
can we help but live abundantly for 
Him! » 



Indiana District officers. Seated (I to r): 
Mrs. Glenn Baker, president; Mrs. A. Rollin 
Sandy, was treasurer until district confer- 
ence in April when Mrs. Thomas Thieme 
was elected (not pictured). Standing: Mrs. 
Ray Britton, corresponding secretary; Mrs. 
George Lord, editor; Mrs. Willard Secaur, 
assistant treasurer; Mrs. Harold Etling, 
prayer chairman; Mrs. Jerry Young, record- 
ing secretary; Mrs. Gerald Cline, vice presi- 
dent. 




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By Mrs. Richard Leek 

Elkhart, Indiana 



As we take time to meditate or think about living 
abundantly in the home, it sometimes seems that it is 
impossible. Home— the place where you can't put up any 
kind of a front because everyone knows you inside out. 
They know how long you can be pressured before you 
will give in or blow up. It's also a known fact if you're a 
grouch when you get up in the morning and if you're 
nice only when you have company. 

Have you ever heard or seen one of your children go 
through a "mother routine"? This can be an eye-opener 
as to how abundant our living really is. 

Abundance, according to Webster, means fully suf- 
ficient, plentiful or overflowing. Today there is a danger 
of thinking that our homes must overflow with things 
that money can buy. This is not the kind of abundance 
that will be lasting or satisfying, nor will it build a solid 
stable life for our children. 

If we are going to live abundant lives in our homes, 
we are going to have to go to the source of supply. This 
is found in the Lord Jesus. There is only one way to 
keep filled to overflowing; this is done as we read the 
Word and pray. When we are filled, then we will be able 
to let His love flow through us to our families. This does 
not mean that we will be perfect or that we will always 
make the right decisions, but it does mean that we'll be 
able to accept our mistakes and to learn from them. God 
said in Genesis 18:19, "For I know him, that he will 
command his children and his household after him and 
they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and 
judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that 
which he hath spoken of him." 

As God desired to bless Abraham, so He desires to 
bless us, and what more blessing could we have than to 
have children that love the Lord! Each child has a dif- 
ferent personality. So as we try to mesh— that's mesh, 
not mash— these lives so that they can live together, we'll 
find that we need an abundance of many things. The 
love and wisdom of God is a must; also a prayer life, 
patience, a listening ear, a quiet tongue, discipline, am- 
bition, a good sense of humor, and the list could go on. 

Our examples, as we live our lives before our children, 
will go far in their acceptance of those things we will try 
to teach them. Their lives will reflect in turn how 
abundantly we have lived. -Mrs. Richard Leek, Elkhart, 
Ind., WMC (Taken from District Gazette, the Indiana 
District WMC publication) 



1ISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - AUGUST 1971 



AFRICA- 

Dr. Floyd W. Taber August 16 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Dr. J. P. Kliever August 21 

B. P. 13, Baibokoum, Chad, Africa. 

Mr. R. Bruce Paden August 26 

B. P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic. 



ARGENTINA- 

Rev. Clark W. Miller August IS 

Bartolome Mitre 2370, Jose Marmol, F.C.G.R., Pcia de Bs. As., 
Argentina, S. A. 



BRAZIL- 

Rev. Bill A. Burk August 5 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Mrs. George A. Johnson August 10 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Kevin Wayne Wallace August 19, 1965 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

EUROPE- 

Terry Lee Julien August 27, 1959 

30, rue Gambetta, 71 -Macon, France. 

MEXICO- 

Phillip Valdo Guerena August 10, 1959 

Apartado 8-961, Mexico 8, D. F., Mexico. 

Rev. Jack B. Churchill August 20 

2758 Caulfield Drive, Imperial Beach, California 92032. 

IN THE UNITED STATES- 

Rev. Ernest H. Bearinger August 6 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Mrs. F. George Peters August 10 

c/o First Brethren Church, Box 1, Wooster, Ohio 44691. 

Mrs. Robert H. Juday August 18 

c/o Mr. Rex Juday, Route 1, 35447 Ash Road, Osceola, Indiana 
46561. 

Jeffrey Carl Farner August 20, 1967 

c/o Rev. Donald W. Farner, Route 1, Telford, Tennessee 37690. 

Lynette Marie Cover August 21, 1959 

236 W. Beverly Place, Tracy, California 95376. 

Miss Elizabeth Tyson August 25 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 



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By 
Zelda 
Boyd, 

Southeast 

District 

WMC 

President 




FOLLOWING 
GOD'S WILL 



Christ, the giver of life to all, went 
one step further for the believer— He 
provided life "more abundantly." By 
faith a sinner accepts Christ; by faith 
he must follow Christ. "I beseech you 
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of 
God, that ye present your bodies a 
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto 
God, which is your reasonable service. 
And be not conformed to this world: 
but be ye transformed by the renewing 
of your mind, that ye may prove what 
is that good, and acceptable, and per- 
fect, will of God" (Rom. 12:1-2). The 
claim to the more abundant life of 
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentle- 
ness, goodness, faith, meekness and 
temperance is ours as we permit the 
Holy Spirit to perfect God's will in our 
daily lives. 

How can one know God's will? Just 
as the spacecraft has a flight plan, so 
God has a plan and purpose for every 
life. The Apollo flights did not roam 
the heavens at random, but every de- 
tail was carefully planned and fol- 
lowed. Thus it is with our life. God has 
a particular purpose and plan for every 



born-again believer. Psalm 
37:23— "The steps of a good man are 
ordered by the Lord: and he de- 
lighteth in his way." 

The engineers carefully constructed 
a guidance system for the spacecraft. 
The guidance system for the Christian 
is provided by Almighty God. "Trust 
in the Lord with all thine heart; and 
lean not unto thine own understand- 
ing. In all thy ways acknowledge him, 
and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 
3:5-6). 

The commander of the spaceship 
depends on the guidance system to 
guide him to his destination in outer 
space to accomplish the pre-planned 
mission. How important it is that the 
Christian trust in a never, never failing 
guidance system— Almighty God— to 
accomplish his mission of winning 
souls—". . . he that winneth souls is 
wise." 

Once God's will and purpose has 
been settled in your life, follow the 
course with care. Be prepared to face 
the difficulties by being faithful in 
Bible study. "Give attendance to read- 



ing .. ." (I Tim. 4:13). Meditate on 
God's Word wherein His will is re- 
vealed. Be faithful in prayer— the 
power supply of a Christian. 

Each mission into space has been 
plagued by problems. Some were 
minor, others were of major propor- 
tions. These obstacles, however, did 
not dampen the enthusiasm of the 
commander and crew. Instead, it was a 
challenge to overcome these diffi- 
culties. Satan will surely see to it that 
we are confronted with obstacles along 
the way. Accept the challenge and 
trust God to overcome the difficult 
situations. "These things I have spoken 
unto you, that in me ye might have 
peace. In the world ye shall have tribu- 
lation: but be of good cheer; I have 
overcome the world" (John 16:33). 

There were not more than three 
men in a spacecraft at one time. How- 
ever, at the manned space center, the 
crews were supported by hundreds of 
their co-workers. Through every phase 
of the mission, these co-workers stood 
by willing to assist should a problem 
arise. Every born-again believer needs 
to know a fellow Christian is praying, 
and "backing him up" in the mission 
of living a dedicated life, and in the 
mission of winning souls for Christ. 
Fellowship one with another is a great 
source of strength and encouragement. 

As man walked on the moon, he 
was confident his equipment would 
provide the life-giving oxygen that his 
body needed to perform the tasks that 
were before him. Thus it is, a Christian 
must exercise this confidence, this 
faith, to accomplish God's mission as 
he walks down the pathway of life. 
Utter dependence upon God for 
strength, wisdom, and courage is es- 
sential in the ministry of witnessing to 
a lost and dying world. 

Is your will God's will? ". . . not 
willing . . . any should perish, but that 
all should come to repentance." W 



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We recently received a letter from 
e Floyd Tabers in the Central 
frican Republic. As the letter began 
Dear Ones in the Lord," my thoughts 
fleeted back to their last furlough. 

One of the blessings we have is 
ang across the street from Bethany 
ome, one of our missionary resi- 
;nces in Winona Lake. Because of 
ds it has been our privilege to be- 
ime better acquainted with furlough- 
g missionaries. It was at this time 
tat "Grandma" and "Grandpa" Taber 
s our children fondly remember 
Lem) found a special place in our 
:arts. We had some wonderful times 
7 fellowship with them and we cer- 



tainly missed them when they re- 
turned to the field. We enjoy so much 
their letters from Africa and would 
like to share with you highlights from 
a recent letter as to their work on this 
field. 

Mrs. Taber writes that with her 
busy schedule she manages to "keep 
out of mischief most of the time." She 
has written and prepared visual aids 
for a course she is teaching at the 
Elementary Bible Schools. Enjoyment 
is gained for her through working with 
a small group of African children in 
the area of music. Never does she miss 
an opportunity of presenting the 
Gospel and allows time to give a Bible 




Have You 
Heard? 



Our WMC women deserve a very big THANK YOU. Why? The answer is 
that this past year, for the first time, we went over our goal in the Opera- 
tion and Publication Expenses Offering. We praise and thank God for this 
victory and for each district and person who had a part in making this 
possible. 

This month begins our emphasis period for the Operation and Publica- 
tion Expenses Offering once again. Our goal is $4,500. Ladies, we know 
we can go over the top but we need each one of your prayers and all of 
your support. Join with me in meeting the challenge once again.— Mrs. 
Kenneth Rucker, editor 



lesson and sometimes verses to learn— 
she says they seem to enjoy it as they 
continue to come back. She asks that 
we pray for these boys and girls that 
they might trust the Lord in all they 
do and think and say. 

Dr. Taber has been preparing tracts 
to be used in personal work in the 
hospital. He is also teaching several 
courses to the two most advanced 
medics-in-training. 

We praise and thank God for these 
faithful missionaries and ask your con- 
tinued prayers as they serve at the 
medical center in Boguila.-Afrs. 
Kenneth Rucker, editor 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Ran- 
dall Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035 
First Vice President (Proj. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Ralph Hall, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Second Vice President (Prog. Chm.)-Mrs. 

Phillip Simmons, 10600 S. E. 226th St., 

Kent, Wash. 98031 
Recording Secretary-Mrs. Gerald Kelley, 

Box 67, New Troy, Mich. 491 19 
Assistant Recording Secretary-Mrs. Dan 

Pacheco, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Robert 

Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona 

Lake, Ind. 46590 
Assistant to the Financial Secretary-Treasur- 
er-Mrs. Donald Sellers, Hi-Vu Mobile 

Court-Lot 36, Lexington, Ohio 44904 
Literature Secretary -Mrs. Charles Koontz, 

R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St,, 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chairman -Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 

604 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590 
SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, Route 1, 

Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 46711 
Assistant SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald 

Franks, 1513 GreenhiU Dr., Warsaw, Ind. 

46580 



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Contents 

Reflections By Still Waters 3 

The Giant Is Sick 4 

News— Good and Bad From Dryhill .... 6 

Prayer Never Hurts 9 

Home Missions Comparative Offering Report 10 

The Slide Rule Says 11 

What Do You Say to an Undertaker? .... 13 

Church News 14 

Current and Christian 16 

Grace College Is Better 17 

Theologian Now Reckoning With God ... 18 

The Great White Throne 20 

Long Hair, Short Skirts, Loud Music .... 22 

Grace College Summer School 23 

SSS 24 



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THE 
GREAT 
WHITE 
THRONE 



CHARLES W. TURNER, Editor 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 

Tim Rager, Assistant to the Managing Editor 

Mrs. Conard Sandy, Editorial Secretary 

Mrs. A. Roll in Sandy, IBM Selectric Composer Operator 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 
Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt SMM— Miss Pam Walters 

Home Missions-Rev. Lester E. Pifer NFGBM— Mr. Phil Landrum 

June 26, 1971 
Volume 33, Number 13 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



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Thoughts on Property Rights 

The first long holiday weekend of 
the summer is Memorial Day. It calls 
for all types of activities including the 
first picnic of the summer or perhaps 
the excitement of a camping trip. To 
others, it is a reminder that there is a 
need to do some work around the 
house. I chose the latter course for my 
Memorial Day "Holiday" and made 
sufficient preparation by purchasing 
some paint and grass seed. The 
weather kindly obliged— so there was 
not an excuse I could find to prevent 
the obvious. 

With paint and ladder I proceeded 
to work on the trim on my house. I 
was soon joined in the project by an 
interested visitor. She followed me as I 
painted the trim on one side of the 
house. I was soon to find out that her 
interest was more than academic, and 
her curiosity was deeper than discover- 
ing my talents in this particular trade. 
Her constant chatter should have been 
a clue to what was to come. As the 
ladder neared the corner of the house, 
Mrs. Robin's voice and actions became 
much more animated. Her family had 
a home nearby and her small children, 
not yet ready for their experiences in 
the outside world, were safe at home. 
That is— until I showed up to disturb 
their tranquility. 

After she had made several passes at 
my head I felt that our relationship 
was deteriorating very rapidly. What 
had started as a friendly little con- 
versation was now ending in a dispute 
over property rights. My first reaction 
was a desire to produce my mortgage 
payment book as evidence of my 
rights to do to my house as I saw fit. 
To improve its appearance was a right 
that fell well within my privilege. She 
was an intruder on my property. To 
me she was completely "off limits." 
Her actions were uncalled for. Reason 
quickly told me that she was not open 
to any such logic, so today there are 
several green spots where there should 
be a new gold trim. 

As I descended the ladder and 
washed up my brushes and myself the 
thought came to me of a spiritual 







application for the day's experiences. 
As God's children we have been pur- 
chased with His blood and He has full 
right of ownership. The Bible clearly 
teaches that we are His as far as our 
entire being is concerned— body, soul 
and spirit. There are times when in- 
truders into our lives take up residence 
within our hearts and minds. They 
may on the surface be unobjectional 
intruders but they tend to desire to 
take over our lives and claim owner- 
ship in areas that really belong to God. 
Such things as the cares of this world 
and our own personal ambitions, and 
even time-consuming habits that dis- 
tract from our devotion to Him and His 
work. They are rather like the birds 
that make their nests in our lives and 
are not easily rooted out. In fact, we 
even hesitate to root them out because 
they just don't seem to be all that 
bad for us. 



The term "property rights" involves 
an understanding as to who owns 
what. God has spiritual property rights 
to your life if you are a Christian and 
it may be well at times to ask whether 
or not there are some intruders into 
His domain, not your domain, but 
His. Paul reminds us in I Corinthians 
6:19: "What? know ye not that your 
body is the temple of the Holy Spirit 
which is in you, which ye have of God, 
and ye are not your own?" 

Mrs. Robin stayed— and an area of 
my house went unpainted. This may 
be all right from my concern with 
nature and her family and I feel good 
that I did it this way. But it is a poor 
practice from the viewpoint of the 
spiritual. There are probably many un- 
painted corners of our lives left un- 
done because we have permitted an 
intruder to stay longer than we should. 



June 26, 1971 



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The 
Giant 
Is Sick 



By Lester E. Pifer 






lo segment of the human race ever lived 
in such a catastrophic era as do the people of 
this United States. Dr. Carl F. H. Henry in his 
current article "The Barbarians Are Coming" 
says, "We live in the twilight of a great civiliza- 
tion, amid the deepening decline of modern 
culture. Those strange beast empires of the 
books of Daniel and Revelation seem already to 
be stalking and sprawling over the surface of 
the earth. Only the experimental success of 
modern science hides from us the dread 
terminal illness of our increasingly technologi- 
cal civilization." 

America's populous, a pleasure-minded, 
materialistic people, have their eyes glued to 
the communication media, their minds being 
entertained as they are drawn into a sweet 
oblivion of apparent progress and prosperity- 
unaware that the basic fabric of the nation is 
being torn apart. With eyes fixed upon the 
moon we have not been able to comprehend 
the problems and effectively cope with our 
youth rebellion, moral decay, and enemy in- 
filtration. We quote from Russell Kirk in his 
"Enemies of the Permanent Things": "The 
fountains of the great deep seem to be broken 
up in our time. Institutions that have endured 
for a millennium are awash, and the surly 
question before us is whether the whole fabric 
of civilization can survive the present rate of 
economics and social alteration." 

The institutions which in the past gave to 
our nation standards of morality, honesty, 
integrity and equality, have either come apart 
at the seams because of their own infidelity or 
been severely attacked as "the establishment." 
The product of the educational process was 
once respected for leadership in building a 
greater America but today that product too 
often would tear down and destroy those in- 
gredients which made our nation. In the past, 
education was fostered by Christian institutions 
and principles. Today, a great preponderance of 
anti-God philosophy prevails. 



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How can we sing, "America— land of the 
free, home of the brave," when the thunder of 
guns echoes in our ghettos, when pollution 
threatens our health, when robbers daily steal 
your car, your money, and the furniture from 
your home? How can we sing of the "free" and 
the "brave" when it is not safe to walk on 
America's streets day or night, when porno- 
graphic and entertainment agencies whip our 
people into sinful lust, and when the bulwark 
of police protection is all too often hamstrung 
by a tangled, complacent, judicial system? 

Spiritually, we have been deluged by an 
anti-Christ philosophy of a dead God, a 
mythical Christ and a fictitious Bible. Apostate 
unbelieving teachers have extolled the virtues of 
human reason over divine revelation, moral 
liberty apart from the Biblical code causing a 
swift relapse into paganism. Apostasy, 
skepticism and unbelief reign in much of the 
Christian realm. Charles E. Bennet, congress- 
man from Florida, said, "Man's problems today 
are not so much with the new atom as with the 
old Adam!" 

It is difficult to predict what shall become of 
the "big giant" known as the most powerful 
nation of earth. Seemingly, the enemy of our 
souls and our nation has lulled us into a 
terminal sleep; if not a sleep, then a com- 
placency from which we are not willing to arise. 
Dr. John Walvoord says, "Although conclusions 
concerning the role of America in prophecy in 
the end time are necessarily tentative, the 
scriptural evidence is sufficient to conclude that 
America in that day will not be a major power 
and apparently does not figure largely in either 
the political, economic, or religious aspects of 
the world." What a tragedy that so great a 
nation, built so solidly upon Biblical truth 
could now become useless in its influence for 
God in this world. It so vividly points up the 
deadly manifestation of the sinful nature, the 
enormous power of the devil and miserable 
failure of a weak church. 

John McCandlish Phillips, a Christian re- 



porter for the New York Times, says, "Will the 
Christians please stand up!" In drawing a com- 
parison he points out that a few communists 
can enslave thousands with their bold aggres- 
siveness. If Christians were as aggressive and 
bold with their Truth, they could have reached 
the whole world with the Gospel. Christians 
need to stand up for the Word of God, for 
Christ, and to share the message of the Gospel. 

The Apostle Paul gives the proper code of 
Christian conduct: "That ye may be blameless 
and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, 
in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, 
among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 
Holding forth the word of life . . ." (Phil. 
2:15-16). The Christian's conduct is to be with- 
out reproach, a positive testimony of God's re- 
deeming grace in human flesh. Further, he is to 
stand for the truth, bearing it as a light before 
this sin darkened world. 

The Apostle challenged the complacent 
Corinthians, "Awake to righteousness, and sin 
not: for some have not the knowledge of God: 
I speak this to your shame" (I Cor. 15:34). The 
Christian cannot allow himself to be lulled into 
a state of sinful stagnation. He cannot become a 
part of a compromising, unbelieving people. He 
must stand up for Christ. He must hold high the 
Word of God. He must obey its truth and 
demonstrate its power in life. He must fulfill 
God's purpose in reaching those who do not 
have a knowledge of God— the lost of the 
world. He must see America as a prepared 
mission field! 

America is staggering and reeling under the 
fierce blows of anti-Christ forces. A confused, 
smitten nation needs the Christ who can save 
from sin. What a glorious opportunity for the 
child of God to evangelize, to share in an end- 
time revival, before the King of kings returns. 
America can have revival, salvation and God's 
blessing. Repentance, confession and reconcili- 
ation to God through Christ is the only way. It 
is our Christian opportunity to minister to the 
spiritual sickness of our nation. W 



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News- 

Bad and Good 

From Dryhill 



By Rev. Marvin Lowery 

Pastor, Dryhill, Kentucky 



Hyden, Kentucky. "Hurricane 
Creek mine explosion traps thirty- 
eight miners." This was the bad news 
that flashed around the world on 
Wednesday, December 30, 1970. This 
mine owned by the Finley Coal Com- 
pany is located in Leslie County and 
not far removed from the Dryhill 
Chapel and Hyden, a small town of 
eight hundred that instantly became 
well known. 

Our first concern was whether any- 
one from our congregation might be 
directly involved. After many phone 
calls and contacts we were relieved to 
find there were none directly involved, 
but emotionally everyone was in- 
volved. At the dinner table that eve- 
ning the appetites seemed to have dis- 
appeared as the fate of the miners was 
not known at that time. 

The Dryhill prayer meeting that 
evening was permeated with discussion 
on the explosion with every possible 
theory offered as to the cause and 
chances of survival of the men. Need- 
less to say, the prayer request on every 
lip was for the miners and their 
families. Immediately upon dismissal 
of the prayer service two men with 
transistor radios turned them on and 
the first words we heard were, "I re- 
peat: all thirty-eight men trapped in 
the Hurricane Creek mine have been 
found dead. " Everyone just sat 
stunned, not wanting to believe what 
we had just heard, but down deep we 
had all felt it was the bad news we 
would probably hear. 

Later in the evening, families of the 
miners began gathering at a church in 
Hyden. Here they waited for the 
bodies of their loved ones to be re- 
covered and identified. Help was 
needed to provide these wives, 
mothers, children and friends with 
food, therefore, several of our ladies 
joined with a helping hand to do what- 



ever they could. As we spent the long, 
long night with those dear people who 
were grief stricken and in a state of 
shock over the loss of loved ones, we 
observed the look of hopelessness 
upon their faces and our hearts went 
out to them. Some women cried, "I'll 
never see him again" or "He's gone 
forever." And when positive identifi- 
cation was made and the coroner 
called out the names there was wailing 
that seemed to come from the very 
depth of their souls. This reminded me 
of what the Word of God says about 
those people separated eternally from 
God "weeping, wailing, and gnashing 
of teeth." It was a never-to-be- 
forgotten night and I pray we never do 
forget it. 

The "good news" is the Gospel of 
the Lord Jesus Christ and the program 
here at Dryhill Grace Brethren Chapel 
uses many methods to reach people. 
Two Good News Clubs meet weekly, 
one here at Dryhill and the other at 
Asher's branch. An older boys' club 
and girls' club meet here weekly. The 
boys do woodwork in their well- 
equipped shop and the girls are learn- 
ing to crochet. Two recently saved 
ladies help with the girls' work. 

We have two groups of young 
people, with the one here at Dryhill 
meeting every week, and one group 
meeting every two weeks at Elkhorn. 
The meetings consist of quizzing, de- 
votions, games, and of course refresh- 
ments. Every week more than six 
boxes of cake mixes are used in pre- 
paring cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and so 
forth. 

The Grace Brethren Chapel has 
taken on the role of "mother church" 
in branching out with a work about 
fifteen miles back in the mountains in 
a community known locally as Elk- 
horn. To give you an idea of the area, 
we live in lower "Hell-for-Certain" 




The Lowery family 

(that's about as low as you get) and to 
get to Elkhorn we must travel through 
upper "Hell-for-Certain," then cross 
over "Devil's Jump." How's that for a 
route to church? We accepted this Elk- 
horn challenge when the people there 
were anxious for someone to come 
and teach them the Word of God and 
there was no church in the area. We 
hold services there every Sunday at 2 
p.m. 

The Elkhorn work began in a 
school building which later burned to 
the ground. This did not discourage 
the people— for they joined together, 
donating land, lumber, time, talents 
and money to erect a beautiful new 
building which has been dedicated to 
the Lord. The dedication took place 
on Easter Sunday and in that service 
one lady came forward to accept 
Christ as her Saviour. A young man 
has been saved recently and is waiting 
baptism. The blessings have been great 
in this new branch work. 

From our description you can 
imagine the trip to Elkhorn is no easy 
one. In fact, it takes a four-wheel drive 
vehicle to reach it. The East District 
WMC provided the funds for a used 
four-wheel drive Jeep Waggoneer. This 
vehicle has been used in getting the 
work well under way but with the 
hard useage over the muddy and 



rutted mountain "roads" it finally had 
to be retired with a "blown" motor. A 
vehicle of this type is necessary and we 
just asked the Lord to provide for this 
need. 

Just before last Christmas, four 
men from the Grace Brethren Church 
of Hagerstown, Maryland, came down 
for what turned out to be a twenty- 
four hour visit. At that time we just 
couldn't understand why anyone 
would drive that far for such a short 
stay. Now we know! God sent them! 
These men saw our need and went 
back to their home church and started 
talking about it. The result was that 
the Lord's people supplied the need 
and provided the work here with a 
brand new four-wheel drive Carryall 
ready for delivery on Easter Sunday. 
This was really fast work, but we have 
a wonderful God— One who knows and 
cares about our every need. When His 
people are open to His leading, great 
things can be accomplished. 

It isn't always easy to reach our 
people with the message of hope. Be- 
sides the mountain roads to contend 
with, we occasionally have floods. Re- 
turning home recently from a trip to 
Pennsylvania we found the road in 
front of our house covered with 



several feet of water. It was 3 a.m. and 
with a great desire to get home and 
have some rest we pulled off our 
shoes, each of us carried one of our 
little girls as we waded waist-deep 
water. We made it safely even if we did 
just about freeze to death! 

Whether traveling muddy roads, 
wading water, walking swinging 
bridges, or whatever comes in our path 
it is our desire to tell others about 
Christ. It is our prayer that the hope- 
less looks of those miners' families will 
always be before our eyes and the cries 
will ring in our ears to make us more 
diligent in presenting the only hope— 
the Lord Jesus— to our Kentucky 
people. 

We deeply appreciate all that has 
been done for us by the WMC, SMM, 
churches and individuals to further the 
Lord's work here. We are also deeply 
grateful to the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council who has stood by in 
every way through the years. We are 
thankful for the concern for the folks 
of this area, and although there will 
likely never be much of a financial re- 
turn on the great investment, there 
will be those enjoying everlasting life 
in heaven because of the vision of 
Brethren Home Missions. # 



MISSION ACCOMPLISHED AT HAGERSTOWN GBC 

April 18, 1971 marked a great spiritual victory in the ministry at Grace 
Brethren in Hagerstown. By faith the congregation had assumed a project 
of providing two mission vehicles to be given to two missionary couples 
from this church. 

The mobile units were sitting on the lawn in front of the church. The 
missionary couples, Rev. and Mrs. Marvin Lowery from Dryhill, Kentucky; 
and Rev. and Mrs. Robert Ropp serving in Haiti, were present. The morn- 
ing services were well attended with about a thousand people present. 
Following the message delivered by Rev. Lester E. Pifer, executive secre- 
tary of The Brethren Home Missions Council, the congregation gathered 
on the lawn and in the street in front of the church. The local radio station 
carried the entire morning service on the air. The T.V. station also had a 
mobile unit present to get the news coverage. Dr. Robert Collitt led in the 
dedication and presentation of the missionary vehicles. He announced that 
the goal for the Dryhill unit, which had cost $4,500, had been exceeded 
by $900. This balance also was being given to install a new concrete drive 
into the mission. 

The Grace church of Hagerstown, a former home-mission church, has 
sent men on a number of occasions to the Dryhill mission to help in 
construction and repair work. They have annually underwritten Pastor 
Lowery's salary. This is the second vehicle they have presented to the 
mission. This year they gave almost $12,000 in the Home Mission Offer- 
ing. We certainly congratulate Dr. Collitt and his fine congregation on their 
continued growth, their missionary gifts and outreach, and their many 
hours of labor donated to the Dryhill mission.— LEP 



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I ime and again my heart thrilled 
as I heard of Gentiles coming to faith 
in Christ as they were presented the 
Gospel on first contact and brought to 
a decision for Christ. Could this hap- 
pen to Jewish souls who had so many 
other barriers than Gentiles to over- 
come in accepting Christ as Saviour, 
God and Messiah? How my heart 
longed to see this occur. 

In my contacts I always sought to 
give them the Gospel. Even after good 
conversations and wonderful discus- 
sions, so few were willing to say yes to 
Christ. 

Upon several occasions, the last 
time at our Home Missions Workshop 
at Modesto, Ron Picard presented one 
method of presenting the Gospel 
through specific Scriptures. Another 
thing he stressed was that of asking 
permission to pray with the person 
even after the acceptance of Christ had 
been refused. For experience and 
better understanding, I called one 



willing to believe in the heart and con- 
fess with the mouth. 

Several weeks later I was again in 
A— 's home. She had quite a knowl- 
edge of the New Testament. I com- 
mented on this, thinking that she must 
have acquired it over a period of years. 
However, it has been since attending 
our classes that she has earnestly 
studied the Bible. As we discussed the 
Word, she referred to Christ a number 
of times as God. I brought this to her 
attention. She did not deny but when 
asked again to make a decision said 
that she needed to think more about 
it. 

Calling door to door one morning, 
Mrs. N— invited me into her home. 
She was quite upset for her husband 
was in the hospital. He had just been 
removed from the intensive care ward 
after suffering two heart attacks. She 
realized that he had just narrowly 
escaped death. This opened the dis- 
cussion to the hope of life after death. 



shared her trip with us through 
photographs. 

Using the trip as an opportunity to 
witness, I told her that there was an- 
other trip that all of us would have to 
make one day-a trip out of this 
world. This trip too required prepa- 
ration. Had she made reservations for 
heaven? Would she permit me from 
the Bible to show her how she could 
be assured of heaven? She was willing, 
and again the Gospel was presented 
from Isaiah and Romans. 

She was asked if she would like to 
accept Christ. She said that she did not 
want to at this time but that she prob- 
ably would sometime. She did consent 
to my having a word of prayer. I 
prayed that she might fully understand 
the truth that she had heard and that 
she might make her decision then. 
Asking her again in the middle of the 
prayer, she said, "I guess so!" As we 
helped her, she asked Christ to come 
into her heart. 



Even if they do not accept Christ . 



Prayer Never Hurts 



By Isobel Fraser 

Western Messianic Testimony 



afternoon with him. 

In a few days I had lunch with 
two Jewesses who attend our Thurs- 
day Bible class. The conversation was 
led to that of a spiritual nature. Jewish 
people use the terms of "Gentile" and 
"Christian" interchangeably. We are 
constantly trying to help them under- 
stand the difference. I asked them if I 
might show them from the Bible what 
a true Christian is. Using Scriptures in 
Isaiah and Romans, the Gospel was 
presented to them. When asked if they 
would like to accept Christ, both de- 
clined. I then asked if I might pray for 
them. A— replied that prayer never 
hurts. After praying that they might 
truly understand God's love for them 
and who Christ is, I stopped in my 
prayer and asked again if they would 
ask Christ into their hearts. "I could 
say it with my mouth but I don't be- 
lieve it in my heart," A— answered. I 
concluded the prayer and then told 
them how they could ask Christ to 
save them at any time when they were 



I asked if I might show her from the 
Bible how we could be assured of 
heaven. She was willing, and the 
Gospel and its blessed hope were pre- 
sented from Isaiah and Romans. 
Though she was not ready to accept 
Christ, she did permit me to pray for 
her. "My mind is too confused right 
now to grasp these things," was her 
reply. She too was shown how she 
could call upon the Lord for salvation 
at any time. 

Mrs. G— was an acquaintance of 
one of the members of the Com- 
munity Brethren Church of Los 
Angeles. It had been many years since 
she had seen her but just recently she 
had learned that Mrs. G— was a neigh- 
bor of another member of the church. 
One Tuesday evening at their WIN 
(Witnessing In the Neighborhood) 
time, we called on this dear Jewess. 
She was very friendly and glad to again 
see her friend. In the conversation Mrs. 
G— told us about her wonderful op- 
portunity to take a trip to Israel and 



As we talked further we showed her 
the need of openly confessing Christ as 
God, Saviour and Messiah. She was in- 
vited to church the following Sunday 
and told how she could make her 
public confession. She promised to 
come and do so. When she was con- 
tacted on Saturday, it was learned that 
she was ill, but the prayer chain went 
to work. Sunday morning she did at- 
tend the service but she was not ready 
to make that public commitment. Her 
family was the problem. 

The Gospel of Christ "is the power 
of God unto salvation to every one 
that believeth; to the Jew first, and 
also to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16). May 
its power be felt in the life of each one 
with whom you have shared. May they 
become "completed Jews," openly 
confessing and living for Christ, their 
God, Saviour and Messiah. 

NOTE: Since the writing of this 
article, A- has received Jesus Christ as 
her God, Saviour and Messiah. 

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June 26, 1971 



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COMPARATIVE OFFERING REPORT 

The Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc., Winona Lake, Indiana 
April 1, 1969-March 31, 1970 and April 1, 1970-March 31, 1971